Hiro

Today is one of those rare Mondays I was actually looking forward to - all because of food. Tonight is the debut of a Hiro - La Patisserie Chouquette collaboration dinner taking place at Hammer and Hand Imports. Much like the recent Avec-Pastaria collaboration, this is a combination of two places I love, which I'm hoping will result in a mind-blowingly delicious meal.

The menu for the evening is:

Curry Puff

snack pie, pea & potato, mint yogurt

wine pairing // gruet, brut rose nv

Gado Gado

vegetables, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, shrimp chips, peanut sauce

wine pairing // wither hill, sauvignon blanc 2014

Ikan Bakar

grilled skate with spice pastes, pickled cucumbers

wine pairing // selbach, riesling "incline" 2013

Nasi Lemak

coconut rice, deep fried drumstick, sambal, ikan bilis (anchovies)

wine pairing // elk cove, pinot gris 2014

Green tea and black seasame pu jasmine meringue

Roasted banana panna cotta, pineapple mango chutney, coconut cream

$55/pp

There's a second dinner (same menu) coming up. Keep your eyes on Hiro's Facebook page, as well as Hammer and Hand's, for updates on dates, availability, etc.

As a reminder:

  1. I lived in Singapore for 3 years. I know Southeast Asian cuisine.

  2. Hiro's dishes taste exactly like they did there (and in the case of the beef rendang, it's actually better).

  3. I fucking love curry puffs.

I realized a few weeks ago that I had a set of photos from another Hiro meal that I'd never posted, so now seems like an opportune time to do so.

Tea service

 Tea at Hiro

Tea at Hiro

Appetizer special: fried baby fish. These are a little bigger than the ones you'd typically see in Singapore, but they're fantastic - particularly as a bar snack. Much like chicken wings, they're crispy, crunchy and salty. Perfect with a beer.

 Fried Fish at Hiro

Fried Fish at Hiro

Hiro's monstrous, meaty chicken wings. I prefer them with the Korean gochuchang over the sweet and sour type sauce seen below.

 Chicken Wings at Hiro

Chicken Wings at Hiro

Pickles of the day. Always get these.

 Achar at Hiro

Achar at Hiro

Pork belly buns. Always get these too! Momofuku in NYC has made these 'cool' in the US, but they're legitimately wonderful. It's like a tiny puffy taco with Asian flavors.

 Pork Buns at Hiro

Pork Buns at Hiro

Main special: sambal (Southeast Asian chili sauce) steamed flounder with pineapple slaw.

 Fish at Hiro

Fish at Hiro

Shrimp Laksa "Ramen". I refuse to acknowledge this as a ramen, but as a Southeast Asian shrimp soup, it's very good.

 Shrimp Soup at Hiro

Shrimp Soup at Hiro

The one and only beef rendang. Coconut and spices braised beef, cooked until it's falling apart. My favorite dish there, probably.

 Rendang at Hiro

Rendang at Hiro

HIRO Asian Kitchen

1405 Washington Ave

St. Louis, MO 63103

314.241.4476

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