General Tom Kha comes to Lille with his “sexy and spicy” Southeast Asian street food

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Le Général Tom Kha, avec ses recettes

By Hervine Mahaud Posted on June 16 at 18:22 Lille Actu See my news Follow this medium General Tom Kha, with his “spicy and sexy” recipes, will take the residents of Lille all over Southeast Asia. (©HM/Lille actu) Bánh mì, fried chicken, curry and other emblematic dishes of Southeast Asian street food. This will be the menu of General Tom Kha, the future restaurant that will open at number 9 rue du Molinel, a stone’s throw from Lille-Flandres station. Martin Van Inghelandt, a 24-year-old northern chef with a passion for the flavors of other places, aims to take the people of Lille on a journey with “spicy and sexy” recipes. Street food was not in Martin’s career plans, destined to take over the family business. “I am the son of a butcher-deli-caterer in Hazebrouck. I studied in Paris with a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, worked in many restaurants and wine bars. I worked for 6 months in Australia with a chef who had 10 years of Michelin stars behind him. In short, a golden resume for the young chef who started cooking at the age of 15. And solid experience to succeed mom and dad. Finally, it was during another trip to Asia that everything changed. “Since I was a child I have had the opportunity to travel every year, to Thailand, to Vietnam… But one day in Kuala Lumpur, I slapped myself! “, she recalls. On returning to France, she decided to chart her own course. “As a cook, what I like is helping people discover new flavors. And not repeating the same things forever. »See the content at InstagramComme à Bangkok. Then Martin sets out to find a place ready to host his future restaurant. Look at the former Aux Indes Express restaurant near Lille-Flandres train station. Still in full swing, he will completely transform the venue to give it a completely different atmosphere. “There will be a Bangkok-like atmosphere, with neon lights, a corrugated iron bar, a royal stage that I bought there and brought back on a scooter and with Thai music.” The chef wants to stay away from the caricatures of Asian restaurants at all costs. “I want the customers to feel the same things that I do when I’m in a small restaurant there. I have the image of a general or a policeman, sitting with nonchalance in his chair. That’s what inspired me r for the restaurant name and logo. »Thai cuisine but not only! The tom kha, another part of the establishment’s name, is that of a Thai dish. “It is a broth impregnated with galangal, kefir leaves and green curry paste. However, Martin does not want to focus on Thai cuisine. It leaves me free to explore many Southeast Asian recipes Videos: Currently on ActuView content on Instagram The menu will change as often as possible, depending on the ingredients, the seasons and my mood. The goal is to have fun! »You don’t have to expect a long list of dishes. Since everything is fresh and homemade, the menu will be deliberately short. But always with a vegetarian and even vegan proposal. As for the prices, Martin is still fine-tuning them, but promises affordable prices for quality dishes. Finally, General Tom Kha’s offering will be available for takeout and delivery first. Le Nordiste hopes to open at the end of July to enter its menu. The restaurant, which has around 30 seats, should be able to welcome customers from September. Was this article helpful? Note that you can follow Lille Actu in the My Actu space. In one click, after you’ve registered, you’ll find all the news from your favorite cities and brands.
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