Eating Out FOOD FEATURE
Outside the fast-food box Asian Box in Palo Alto offers cuisine inspired by Vietnamese street food by Sue Dremann f the phrase “fast Asian food” and other dietary nuances that can conjures up images of soggy affect health and taste. egg rolls and dishes glistening Asian Box’s branding includes the with oil, Asian Box executive chef trademarked question “What’s in Grace Nguyen aims to change that Your Box?” It’s a fluid food concept perception. that allows patrons to be in control Nguyen, formerly of Charles of their meals, which can lead to any Phan’s acclaimed Slanted Door and number of pairings and combinaOut the Door restaurants in San tions, CEO Frank Klein said. Francisco, said she plans to pair Patrons start by choosing a base, five-star-quality cooking with fast- such as white or brown rice, Asian food service at a new restaurant in salad or noodles in savory vegetaPalo Alto’s Town & Country Vil- ble broth. Next, they choose main lage. It’s set to open next week. ingredients such as range-raised Inspired by Asian street-food lemongrass-marinated pork; sixcarts, Asian Box’s stand-up food bar spice marinated chicken; garlic and take-out restaurant will com- and soy-glazed beef; coconut-curry bine fresh, on-the-spot cooking with tofu; or basil-lime tossed shrimp. sustainably raised local ingredients Then comes the “pile on”: steamed and traditional cooking methods or wok-spiced vegetables; then “box and recipes, Nguyen said. And un- toppers,” such as crispy shallots, like at other fast-food places, each pickled vegetables, fresh herbs, peapatron’s box meal will be cooked to order, controlling salt, spiciness, fats (continued on next page)
Grace Nguyen and Frank Klein at Town & Country Village.
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Section 1 of the February 10, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly