NaiYaRa is an Asian street food concept from chef Piyarat Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee, of Oishi Thai in North Miami and formerly of Khong River House in Miami Beach. NaiYaRa was first announced about two years ago, but delays, including the massive street closures and construction in the Miami Beach neighborhood, kept popping up. Now the restaurant is on a forward track, with both front- and back-of-house staff training for opening night. Here is more information about NaiYaRa :
According to New Times :
“The focal point of the room is the massive open kitchen. To put it into perspective, Chef Bee says the back of house takes up nearly 2,000 square feet of the restaurant’s 3,400 square feet. He says that not only is this his dream kitchen, but also the size actually helps him in his efforts to be more efficient. “As a chef, I’ve worked in tight kitchens, and they’re not functional. With this kitchen, everyone has space, so I’m positive food can be prepared faster,” he says. The chef also plans to conduct cooking classes in the large, sparkling kitchen. Chef Bee is trying to bring as much of his native Thailand to Miami as possible, down to the plates and bowls, many of which are enamel-coated metal. The chef explains that where he grew up, in the countryside along the Mekong river, plates that could break were a luxury. Instead, farming families would use metal plates and pots that also served double duty as containers. “These were our Tupperware,” he says.” written by Laine Doss.
According to RandoMiami :
“Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, known to most simply as Chef Bee, was born in the small town of Ban Sankhohiang, located in the Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand, bordering Laos and Myanmar. Very early on he developed a serious love for culinary, and it really shows through in his dishes. He makes sure to bring everything he learned from his grandmother to our very own Miami. “
According to E-Food :
“At NaiYaRa, you will find a menu featuring Thai street fare and Japanese specialties. Highlights include the Organic Crispy Bok Choy with garlic chips topped with sweet sesame soy; Crispy Chicken Dumplings with spicy garlic soy vinaigrette; and Tom Yum Nahm Khon, also known as Creamy Ramen Noodle Soup with Prawns. Miami local Anthony “Tibor” Vecsesi has created the extensive bar menu. Signature cocktails including the Mekhong OX and Tom Kha cocktails – each are made with traditional Thai ingredients such as Bird Chili, Lemongrass and Galangal.”
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