11 Tigers is debuting two new menu items that diners can only find in the East Village.
Fans of this speakeasy-like establishment combining Thai and Japanese influences know the bar and restaurant for its innovative food and drinks led by Chef Siwapong “Boss” Sudsua and Mixologist Phattraphorn “Sayparn” Wongsak, respectively.
The Tom Kha ramen ($20) combines two popular Thai and Japanese dishes in a way that honors both traditions. Ramen noodles swim in a tom kha gai broth (made with coconut, galangal, and chicken broth) with hints of lemongrass, makrut lime leaves, shallots, Thai red chiles, tomato and mushroom – all topped with a slice of chashu pork belly. It promises to be a dish that’s perfect as temperatures start to dip and New Yorkers bring out their jackets. For an optional upgrade, diners can add uni for an extra boost of umami.
Another special is the 11 Tigers chashu roll ($14), which features a pillowy roti enveloping tender and juicy slices of chashu (pork belly that’s been braised for six hours in sweet soy sauce). The complementing ingredients include cucumbers, long Thai chile, lettuce scallions and Thai sriracha hot sauce, which make for an idyllic combination to dip into a house-made hoisin.