Though unique may be overused when referring to restaurants, there’s no other way to describe Kansas City’s newest Thai restaurant: AEP (pronounced ape). Dedicated to bringing authentic and indigenous Thai spices and native cooking techniques to Kansas City, Jakob Polaco, owner and executive chef, spent two weeks working in a Thai kitchen in Bangkok learning Thai cooking techniques to bring back to his 39th street location. Also dedicated to working with local suppliers and farmers like Cultivate KC, Polaco has a unique and beautiful take on traditional Thai foods.
What to Eat:
Burmese Curried Greens
Burmese curried greens are served with the most delicious chickpea chips, and the combination of the salty chips and the greens stewed in red curry is something delicious.
My favorite taste of the day, the Beef Rendang is an Indonesian beef curry with sambal tempoyak (a durian and chile paste condiment) and is served with jasmine rice. The beautiful plating and the deconstruction of the curry is a fascinating take on traditional Thai food.
Lastly, be sure to taste the Chinatown Tincture, one of the most unique desserts I’ve ever tasted! Created with pearl sago, seasonal fruit (a delicious candied jack fruit when I tried it), and ginkgo milk, this tincture is a tasteful end to an interesting and delicious meal!
Go give it a try and let me know what you think!