Follow the fish maw, Cocktail Challenge soy sauce, and more in this week's Food & Drink | Bleader

Follow the fish maw, Cocktail Challenge soy sauce, and more in this week's Food & Drink

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Now under the Brown Line stop at Wellington
  • Alison Green
  • Authentic Thai, now available under the Brown Line stop at Wellington
Andy Aroonrasameruang first made a mark with his explosively flavorful cooking at Wrigleyville's TAC Quick, attracting intrepid non-Thai eaters with authentic dishes like fish maw salad, crispy fish guts tossed with shrimp and cashews in a sweet-hot dressing. Now he's struck out on his own, opening Andy's Thai Kitchen in a prime spot beneath the Brown Line stop on Wellington. Mike Sula finds that many TAC favorites have made the trip over: Issan sausage, boat noodles, crispy ong choy (Chinese water spinach). In addition, Aroonrasameruang's rewarding his more adventurous followers with specialties like raw blue crab salad (yum poo ma), which you're meant to tackle by sucking the meat from the carapace and breaking the legs with your teeth. The less intrepid need not fear, though—the five-page menu also offers more familiar fare like pad thai and the standard curries.

In this week's Cocktail Challenge Rockit Bar & Grill's Gina O'Brien, assigned soy sauce by Old Town Pour House bartender Karl Fernandez, puts it to use in a couple of ways, basing the Simply Soy on vodka and a soy-sesame simple syrup and serving it with a soy-sauce ice cube—both using Kikkoman low sodium, mind you. Next up is Monica Dim of River North's Public House, challenged with plum.

On the Bleader, among other Food & Drink posts: a review of the new South Loop bar Square One, Mike Sula on Normandy ciders, and music editor/resident beer nerd Philip Montoro on Three Floyds' Rye da Tiger.

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