Connect With Us Connect With Us Newsletter Connect with us
 

Beef Jerky at Khe-Yo

Perfect snack for breaking a flavor rut

In a city where Italian restaurants procreate like rabbits and French bistros are becoming as prevalent as Starbucks, nothing is more refreshing than the opening of a Laotian restaurant. So when Iron Chef Marc Forgione partnered with his longtime friend Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader to showcase the food of Phet’s homeland at TriBeCa‘s Khe-Yo, there was much rejoicing by variety-craving New Yorkers.

 

Khe-Yo beef jerky

Beef jerky at Khe-Yo (Photo: Khe-Yo)

Sticky rice, the base of Laotian cuisine, arrives gratis as soon as diners sit. It “tastes much better when you eat it with your hands,” says the menu. It’s even better when scooped up with some of chef Phet’s beef jerky ($12). A marinade of fish sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, salt, pepper and garlic infuses slices of Creekstone Farms beef with potent flavor. After being steeped in the sauce for 24 hours, the meat is oven-dried, then sprinkled with sesame. The resulting texture is pleasantly chewy and the sweet, smoky, spicy and tangy flavor is absolutely explosive, so much so the accompanying smoked chile sauce seems redundant. If you choose to dunk it anyway, nothing takes the fiery edge off better than an ice cold Beer Lao Lager, and some of that sticky rice.

Khe-Yo
157 Duane St.
212-587-1089
Kheyo.com

Popular Buys

Popular Reads

  • One If By Land, Two If By Sea

    New York City's Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

    Read More
  • 10 Things Every Visitor Needs to Know Before Coming to NYC (Photo: Jim Pennucci/Flickr CC)

    10 Things Every Visitor Needs to Know Before Coming to NYC

    Read More
  • 10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Read More
  • New York Exposed

    7 New York City Tours You've Never Taken — But Should

    Read More
  • ‘Wolf Hall’ will be presented on Broadway in two parts (Photo: Johan Persson)

    The 16 Most Anticipated Broadway Shows for Spring 2015

    Read More