Chef Thomas Pisha-Duffly and his team at the Honey Paw in Portland, Maine, won the title of the James Beard Foundation’s “Lamb Jam Master” for this smoked lamb khao soi with egg noodles, Burmese coconut curry, fermented mustard greens, crispy noodles and lime at the American Lamb Board finale in NYC.
By Katie Chang
Summer might be effectively over, but there are plenty of good reasons why you should still pay a visit to Portland, Maine. Since the months of June, July, and August are peak tourist season for the charming coastal town, the crazy crowds have finally started to thin out, making accommodations more affordable and restaurants easier to get into.
The Honey Paw
The latest venture from the guys behind Hugo’s and Eventide Oyster Co. next door, this lively joint uses the bold, bright, and totally addictive flavors of Asia for inspiration. And since the menu relies heavily on carbs, come hungry. The wok-fried rice noodles with cumin-spiced beef are earthy and hearty, and the chilled somen — you’ll chase every last drop of the bright ramp dashi — fills you up without weighing you down. And of course, there’s a fried chicken sandwich. Available only at lunch, the meat for this one is Korean style (lacquered in a sweet and spicy glaze) and topped with pickled daikon and melty American cheese.