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What: Beat the Heat: A Beer and Malaysian Food Pop-Up
When: Saturday, April 18. There will be two seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Flatbush, Brooklyn. Address to be disclosed upon ticket purchase.
Tickets: $55. Includes endless food, endless drinks and endless surprises. Buy them here.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 17, at 12 p.m. Note: When you buy your tickets, make sure you select your preferred time.
Deep in Brooklyn, not too far from Prospect Park’s southern end, Auria Abraham cooks some of the most complex, fieriest Malaysian food in New York City. Her company, Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen, specializes in spicy sambal, a condiment that’s kind of like the ketchup of Malaysia.
Tonight, we’re taking over Auria’s backyard and finished basement–think: wood paneling, full bar, a speakeasy stolen from 1973–and we’re going to eat homemade shrimp crackers with sweet chill sauce, sweet ‘n spicy ikan bilis (an addictive beer snack of fried tiny fish, peanuts and shallots) and massive bowls of laksa customizable with mussels, curried chicken, fish cakes, fish balls, quail eggs, tofu puffs and flowering chives. On the side: plenty of hot chili sambal.
Drink-wise, what goes best with spicy laksa? Is it an IPA? A crisp pilsner? A Belgian beer that mimics the soup’s aromatics? To find out, we’ll be serving a Threes Brewing pilsner, an Other Half IPA and a Belgian beer custom-made for the event by Bitter & Esters’ Bobby Bendily. Better still, the brewers and brewery reps will be on hand to discuss their beers, combined with a primer on the principles of pairing.
The music will be supplied by Auria’s husband, Mush1, a trumpeter, reggae producer, member of Top Shotta Band and host of WNYU Radio’s Tunnel One (he’s also a former member of Murphy’s Law and ska band the Slackers). The tunes will be choice. The food will be nice. Surprises: many! The night: not to be repeated.
Understandably, we’re keeping this event pretty small. There will be two seatings of 25 guests. Seating will be two hours long.