Longanisa, kinilaw, lumpia — if you haven’t yet crossed paths with these Filipino dishes, an upcoming pop-up might provide the perfect chance to do so.
For two days in August, award-winning San Francisco chef Francis Ang will team up with his old mentor, chef David “Baz” Bazirgan, at Bazirigan’s Bambara Kitchen & Bar in Cambridge for a “Western Pacific Eastern Atlantic pop-up.” Along with his team — which includes wife Dian Ang and chef partner Danica Aviles — Ang will introduce Pinoy Heritage, a Filipino pop-up restaurant that took root in 2012 and that strives to champion Filipino food culture in a relaxed, communal environment.
The night will start off with passed appetizers that include grilled longanisa and halibut kinilaw, the latter of which is a close cousin to ceviche. Diners will then dive into a four-course meal featuring Maine lobster lumpia (Filipino-style spring rolls), lamb epanadas that were recently crowned the winner of the Lamb Jam National Championship, and a roast suckling pig with sisig fried rice and summer bean adobo. For a sweet finish, there’s banana turon: deep fried banana lumpia with strawberry, passion fruit, and matcha.
Ang, who won Food & Wine‘s People’s Best New Pastry Chef award for the West Coast in 2014, won’t be the only San Francisco all-star on the docket. Kevin Diedrich of SF’s Pacific Cocktail Haven will be mixing up drinks at the pop-up, including the Kung Fu Pandan (Japanese whiskey, sake, salted pandan, citrus, candy cap dust) and the Thrilla in Manila (bourbon, shiso, calamansi, coconut cream, pineapple, absinthe, li hing mui). Diedrich, who has earned nominations at the venerable Tales of the Cocktail awards, said in a press release, “I’m super excited to be collaborating with both Chef Baz and Chefs Francis and Danica in Boston. To be able to share what we do at Pacific Cocktail Haven with the folks in Boston is a great honor.”
Chefs Ang and Bazirgan previously worked together at Fifth Floor Restaurant and Dirty Habit in San Francisco, and continued to remain a presence in each other’s lives after Bazirgan moved to Boston.
“We’re excited to be cooking alongside Chef Baz once again,” said Ang. “He’s my longtime mentor and a major force behind the birth of our pop-up, Pinoy Heritage. Coming back from a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, chef Baz encouraged us to organize a fundraiser for those impacted by the typhoon. We created an all Filipino menu that turned into a huge success. It opened our eyes about the possibility of cooking our own food. Here we are in year three, and hoping to open a restaurant soon.”
Tickets for the pop-up, held on August 16 and 17, are $60 and include a reception with a welcome cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a four-course meal. Optional wine pairings and cocktails are extra.
West meets East pop-up dinner at Bambara Kitchen & Bar; 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; August 16 and 17 from 7 p.m.–10:30 p.m.; eventbrite.com