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This is the Most Exciting Pop-Up Happening in DC Right Now - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Apr 18,2017
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A palate cleanser of unripened fruit—guava, mango, and dragonfruit—with chili salt. Photographs by Anna Spiegel.

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By Ann Limpert

WASHINGTON, DC. - Most folks go on vacation and come back with a more colorful Instagram feed. Anna Vocaturo and Sarah Bui turned their January trip to Saigon into something far more compelling—the tasting menu pop-up known as Ðôi Ðũa, next running in the Shopkeepers space on Monday, May 1. Their time visiting markets each morning, flagging down fermented-rice-cake salesmen flying by on motorcycles, and cooking with Bui’s aunt informed each of the six courses on their menu.  If you love the balance and brightness of Vietnamese cooking, it’s worth snagging an $85 seat (tax and tip, but not wine, included).

The word “pop-up” might trigger visions of chefs working out kink-ridden menus for soon-to-open restaurants—or three-hour lines to even get in the door—but this one is different. I visited a few weeks ago and found the dinner, set to languid Viet-pop, to be relaxed and fascinating, and as tightly tuned an experience as the seven-courser at Little Serow.

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