Friday, November 2, 2018

Winter Park's Sushi Pop to feature Vietnamese pop-up 'Chauhaus'

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 3:11 PM

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  • Photo via Sushi Pop/Facebook
  • Sushi Pop Winter Park
As we told you back in April, Sushi Pop – the spirited, anime-themed Japanese restaurant in Oviedo – will open a second location on 115 E. Lyman Ave. in Winter Park.

According to chef-owner Chau Trinh, the restaurant should open later this month or in early December.

That's exciting news in and of itself, but what Trinh is positively psyched about is "Chauhaus" — the Vietnamese lunch pop-up he'll stage inside the new restaurant Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The source for his excitement is the Kosei Robata Grill Trinh imported from Japan. The gas-charcoal grill employs infrared heating and, along with the use of binchotan charcoal, yields superbly moist and flavorful grilled meat.
click to enlarge Kosei Grill - CHAU TRINH
  • Chau Trinh
  • Kosei Grill
"I'm super stoked about it," Trinh says. "Every food stall in Vietnam uses charcoal for their meats — it's the reason everything tastes so good. That juicy, thick fat and smoke flavor can’t be replaced solely by gas."
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  • Rob Bartlett
  • Chef Chau Trinh
As far as we know, Sushi Pop will be the only restaurant in the city to employ the Kosei Grill – others use straight binchotan grills without gas.

"It will give us the ability to light the binchotan directly inside the grill, instead of having to light it in a chimney starter," Trinh says. "And since it’s gas-assisted, we don’t have to rely strictly on binchotan for heat."

Those grilled meats will go atop Chauhaus' broken-rice bowls and rice-noodle bowls, as well as items Trinh will offer when the restaurant converts back to Sushi Pop.

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  • Chau Trinh
  • Water filtration system
Chauhaus will also offer traditional pho served with raw beef and house meatballs (with bone marrow, short rib, tendon and oxtail available as add-ons), chicken pho and veg pho.

Trinh even installed a special filtration system for the water he'll use for his pho stock.

Wednesdays through Sundays from 3-5 p.m., Chauhaus will offer various small plates including cha gio (fried spring rolls) using rice paper, and not the thin egg roll wrappers most other Vietnamese restaurants use; goi cuan (summer rolls); fish sauce chicken wings with toasted peanuts, cilantro and chilies; and poke bowls.

Mondays through Sundays at 5 p.m., the restaurant will open as Sushi Pop, offering a somewhat similar menu as the original Oviedo locale, but catered to area's more sophisticated and experienced palates.

Sushi Pop/Chauhaus
115 E. Lyman Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Sushi Pop: Sunday, Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m.
Chauhaus (Vietnamese): Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Chauhaus (Small Plates): Wed-Sun 3-5 p.m.

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