Bangkok-born Chef Alex Boonphaya, owner of the mini-chain of Circles Thai restaurants throughout the city, brings a taste of his homeland to his newest location at 429 South Street.
Partnering with New Jersey based meat provider D’Artagnan, Boonphaya will host a weekly “Hog Thai’d” pig roast beginning this Tuesday Nov. 10.
As the Circles restaurants showcase Boonphaya’s skills at providing Philadelphians with authentic cuisine from his native Thailand, he is proud to christen his new location with a special pig roasting recipe combined with Thai flavors.
Each week, he’ll marinate his pigs overnight in Thai herbs and spices including lemongrass, galangal, lime juice and various chilies. He will then pair it with his flavorful, homemade sides and sauces.
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Tuk Tuk Real–the Thai-Latino fusion experiment by chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous, Silvestre Rincón-Tellez–did not go well. There were problems with balance, with presentation, and the place got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp. When it closed a few weeks back after just nine months in business, no one was really surprised.
And when it was announced that Boonphaya was going to be turning the location at 429 South Street into another outlet of his well-liked Circles Thai restaurant mini-chain, folks were happy. Circles is dependably good. Thai is Boonphaya’s comfort zone. All of this is good news.
Even better? He’s celebrating the re-opening of the space Tuesday, August 4 with a whole bunch of free grub for the neighbors.
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