Ba Bar Green Opens in SLU!
BA BAR SOUTH LAKE UNION TO OPEN VEGAN TAKEOUT WINDOW “BA BAR GREEN”
Vegan Walk-Up Window Feeds Growing Demand for Plant-Based Options in Seattle
SEATTLE—The owners of Ba Bar will open Ba Bar Green on Friday, November 12 as a walk-up window at its South Lake Union location, 500 Terry Ave. North. This vegan, East Asian street food concept by husband-and-wife proprietors Eric Banh and Teresa Nguyen, along with Chef de Cuisine Chris Michel, will be a 100 percent plant-based menu of both made-to-order and grab-and-go options.
“We’re listening to the changing needs of our customers and family members, and many are moving away from eating meat and are more curious about plant-based eating,” Eric Banh said. “There is a growing number of ‘flexitarians’ that is conscious about their meat intake for environmental concerns or perceived health benefits; we now have a delicious, dedicated vegan outpost, whatever their motivation may be. And with the huge leaps that plant-based proteins have made in the last few years, meat-eaters won’t feel as though anything is lacking.”
Chef Chris Michel, Saigon Siblings’ Chef de Cuisine for the past 10 years and part owner of Ba Bar Green, has created the vegan menu with Eric Banh which is packed with the same high-quality ingredients and techniques guests of Ba Bar have come to trust and love and introduces new Asian dishes and flavors.
“A couple of years ago my wife and I travelled throughout Asia for six months to take a deeper dive into Asian cooking and traditions and exposed so many incredible new foods, ingredients and techniques. I brought many of the Southeast and East Asian flavors and dishes from my travels to the menu at Ba Bar Green including from China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and more,” Chris Michel said. “I can’t wait for people to try what we’ve created with all of these vibrant flavors done entirely vegan.”
While the Southeast Asian-leaning ingredient list at Ba Bar inherently lends itself to many meat-free dishes, Ba Bar Green taps into a few popular Beyond Meat proteins, Soyrizo and tofu, as well as JUST Egg, an egg replacement made from mung beans.
Color, texture and flavor lose nothing in translation on the new plant-based menu. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the Kabocha & Sweet Potato Malay Laksa, cooked with red curry, coconut milk, tofu crackling, tofu puffs, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion, chili oil, and rice noodles. The Lao Crispy Rice & Quinoa Salad pops with crispy rice, arugula, Beyond Sausage, red onion, baked chickpeas, mint, basil, Ba Bar Greens Nước Mắm, toasted rice powder, fried shallot, green onion, lime, and cherry tomato. Lemongrass Tofu Singapore Noodle is aromatic and full of umami with roasted Cremini mushrooms, mung bean noodle, JUST Egg, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, ginger, garlic, green onion, cilantro, and lime. Dan Dan Noodles are rich with mustard greens, roasted sesame vinaigrette, Beyond Meat, green onion, toasted sesame, Tianjin preserved vegetable, Szechuan peppercorn oil, noodles, and tamari.
Bánh Mì lovers, rejoice! Soyrizo heeds the call in the Chorizo Bánh Mì, prepared with pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, jalapeño, vegan mayo, cilantro, and Maggi on a toasted baguette; there’s also a Braised Tofu version. Soup enthusiasts will find a Farmers’ Tamarind Soup chock full of tofu puffs, lemongrass tofu and vegetables. Also enjoy a handful of sides, from housemade vegan Kimchi (premade brands tend to use fish sauce or raw oysters) to baked Miso Eggplant to Chilled Tofu & Mustard Greens.
Hours & Info:
The Ba Bar Green window will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 500 Terry Ave. North in South Lake Union. Online ordering is encouraged and can be placed starting November 12 at babargreen.com. Complimentary parking while you dine is available in the underground garage, entrance is behind Ba Bar off Republican Street. Ba Bar is part of the Saigon Siblings Restaurant Group which includes Ba Bar in Capitol Hill, University District and South Lake Union, and Monsoon restaurants located in Seattle and Bellevue.
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