UPTOWN — Cafe Hoang will invite the neighborhood to explore Bun Bo Hue for this month's Second Friday on Argyle Street.
The pork and beef bone soup, which is spicy, sour, salty and sweet all at once, "reflects the diverse culinary heritage of central Vietnam," according to a news release for the event.
"Regardless of differences in class, economic status, everyone in Hue holds Bun Bo Hue close to their heart. Some may know to cook this dish, but certainly, every person from Hue knows how to eat it," said Doan Thi Sinh, owner of Cafe Hoang, 1020 W. Argyle St.
It will be featured with other menu items including: Bo Tai Chanh, Beef Carpaccio Vietnamese style, Goi Ga, Vietnamese chicken salad, Banh Xeo, Vietnamese savory crepe, Hu Tieu Xao Hai San, stir fried seafood noodles and pho.
The monthly event will not only showcase food at a local business, but also bring the community together to talk safety and improving the community. It's the newest addition to a lineup of events "designed to improve our neighborhoods overall," said Ald. Harry Osterman (48th).
"In our efforts to improve safety in and around Argyle, it is important to bring people together. The opportunity to bring neighbors to restaurants on Argyle, to enjoy each others company and dine together seemed like a great idea. Our goal is to continue this once a month and grow the number of neighbors that will be joining us," Osterman said.
In 1997, Sinh and her husband Huang Do immigrated to the U.S. through the Orderly Departure Program. After working for years at several Vietnamese businesses in Uptown, they decided to open their own business showcasing Hue cuisine. The couple opened Cafe Hoang in 2000 and have since opened a second location at 232 W. Cermak Road in Chinatown, the release said.
"Without the assistance from the Vietnamese community with resources, language services and support with business licensing, we couldn't have opened our business," Sinh said.
The BYOB event is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday.
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