Potluck Hawker Eatery: Southeast Asian street food coming to Cambie Village

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      If you have an appetite for delicious foods, put this soon-to-open restaurant on your radar.

      Potluck Hawker Eatery (3424 Cambie Street) will make its debut in the city this spring, specializing in traditional hawker-style street food from Southeast-Asian countries.

      The 993-square-foot, counter service-style restaurant is the brainchild of chef Justin Cheung, who is currently the longtime chef at Longtail Kitchen.

      “Growing up, I enjoyed my mom’s Malaysian cooking and visiting my uncle’s char kuay teow [stir-fried rice-cake strips] stall in Penang, so opening Potluck is a homecoming of sorts for me,” Cheung said in a press statement. “There was nothing more important than eating together. When we talk about the most intimate and organic gatherings, it's always a potluck.”

      Menu development is still underway, but guests can expect to find comfort dishes with flavours from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

      Chef Justin Cheung's new restaurant is inspired by his own roots.
      Darren Chuang

      Some of the mouthwatering items that will be served include fried chicken wings with salted egg-yolk butter and curry leaf, a laksa recipe passed down from Cheung’s mom, Filipino coconut stew with pork belly, and pad mee korat (Thai-style stir-fried rice noodle).

      A rotating potluck-style family menu will also be available, featuring larger dishes like whole fried fish, chili Dungeness crab, and whole fried chicken in caramelized fish sauce. Shareable snacks like salads and noodles, as well as side dishes like coconut rice, homemade sambal (Indonesian chili sauce), nam prik (Thai spicy chili sauce), and sawsawan (Filipino spicy dipping sauce) will be served.

       “I’ve always wanted to give Vancouver a place to experience the type of food I grew up with and thought it was finally the time to do so and took the leap of faith,” added Cheung. “I can’t wait to introduce guests to Potluck Hawker Eatery very soon.”

      No opening date has been announced yet, but keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming weeks.