Phuc Yea! Pop-Up at Khong River House: Tickets Going Fast
Before making the Magic City realize that pigs can fly and ducks are delicious in a jar at the Federal, Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold charmed us with Phuc Yea!
Photo by Laine Doss Something is cooking. Phuc Yea!
Miami's first pop-up concept, Phuc Yea! left us with a serious craving for comfort and authentic Vietnamese food ever since it popped down in 2011. Plans to resurrect Phuc Yea! are in the works, and Zapata expects "an end-of-year or early-of-next" opening date.
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Zapata and Meinhold are frequent visitors to Khong River House, and in turn, Khong's chef de cuisine and general manager are huge fans of Phuc Yea! The idea to take over Khong popped up and seemed like a natural fit and a perfect way to tease the reboot of Phuc Yea!
Though the Guest Chef Series is usually a five-course setup, Zapata says this one will be a little different. "We're actually making a lot of small dishes, so in the end it's going to be something around ten courses."
He and 50 Eggs culinary director Clayton Miller will share stovetops and spices, and Aniece's mom will join the kitchen and fun. Most of the recipes are hers, so she'll cook with Meinhold, and Zapata will work his Phuc Yea! magic by adding in a twist to make them suitable for the Miami palate.