Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Special Requests: Bobo Noodlehouse's Curried Chicken Dish Can Be Addictive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Special Requests: Bobo Noodlehouse's Curried Chicken Dish Can Be Addictive

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Q * My spouse and I would like to try other dishes at Bobo Noodlehouse but can't stop ordering the spicy Grilled Curried Chicken. Michael Bartz, St. Louis

A * Serial restaurateur Zoe Robinson says that for Bobo, she's created a "best of Zoe" menu of customer favorites, a few from Caf Zoe, her first restaurant, and several more from Zoe's Pan-Asian. Robinson has since moved on to open the Italian trattoria I Fratellini and the French bistro Bar Les Freres, both in Clayton.

So after all these years, when people still hunger for her beef with green beans or Grilled Curried Chicken from former Zoe locations, she'll ask, "Have you been to Bobo?"

"I wanted a place a student could afford to bring a date, a place where people headed to the Tivoli, the Pageant or the Muny could find food that's fast and not so heavy." So Bobo is what the trade calls a "quick service restaurant" but Zoe-style, food ordered at the counter but delivered to the table on china. Bobo does a brisk delivery business to an area roughly encompassing the Central West End, University City and Clayton. "Sometimes the restaurant won't look that busy, but the kitchen is slammed," Robinson says.

Robinson says people become just a little bit addicted to the Grilled Curried Chicken. The recipe was developed by her longtime chef Ny (sounds like "knee") Vongsaly, a native of Laos. The two met years ago when she was a waitress and he was a dishwasher. The dish is a big pile of noodles and colorful vegetables topped with moist pieces of grilled chicken glazed with creamy peanut sauce.

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Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column KitchenParade.com and "veggie evangelist" at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.

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BOBO NOODLEHOUSE

278 North Skinker Boulevard

314-863-7373; bobonoodle.com

BOBO NOODLEHOUSE'S GRILLED CURRIED CHICKEN

Yield: 4 servings

For the chicken

cup vegetable oil

4 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce

3 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons chili paste (Huy Fong Foods sambal oelek)

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 boneless chicken breasts

For the peanut sauce

cup water

cup smooth peanut butter

cup coconut milk

2 tablespoons chili paste with soya bean oil (PantaiNorasingh brand)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon chili paste

1 cup chicken stock

To serve, per serving

cup peanut sauce

cup chicken stock

Grilled chicken

2 tablespoons oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

cup julienned red bell pepper

cup julienned carrot

cup julienned red onion

cup chopped Chinese broccoli (gai lan)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons chili paste with soya bean oil

1 cup cooked egg noodles (Canton Dry Noodles)

For garnish, fresh cilantro

Notes: Bobo Noodlehouse purchases Asian ingredients at Olive Supermarket at 8041 Olive Boulevard, also called Olive Farmers Market. …

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