One chef from Long Beach is organizing a pop-up feast based on the music he grew up with.
His name is AC Boral and he’s the founder of Rice & Shine, a private catering service that also features a touring pop-up restaurant serving an eight-course Filipino meal.
“It’s hard to stick with a set menu all the time,” Boral said. “That’s why I do pop-ups.”
In 2014, Boral began his pop-up venture to share his Filipino culture through food. Earlier this year, he decided to expand beyond his traditional Filipino menu.
“With the Wu-Tang idea in particular, it was just something I was doing for a friend’s birthday,” he said. “He has always loved Wu-Tang, so I thought it would be a cool thing to do.”
He said that his friends encouraged him to do something more with the idea, so he decided to dedicate one of his pop-up meals to the band Wu-Tang Clan.
Boral started to advertise for the first pop-up on Instagram and Facebook. He called the get together “Enter the 36 Courses,” — a play off of Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 debut album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).”
The 36 courses will be spread out between different pop-ups. Courses one through four were served at the beginning of March and courses five through eight are expected to be announced for a pop-up in June.
“It’s going to be a multi-year project that we’re going to be doing,” Boral said. “All of the dishes will be named after a particular Wu-Tang song.”
The March pop-up happened at The Newberry in Los Angeles, with the June pop-up rumored to be happening in Long Beach.
Dishes served at The Newberry included “Uzi,” a brie, cheddar and apple grilled cheese with an oxtail and tomato sauce; “Protect You Neck,” a pork belly poutine with a chipotle curry gravy and hand-cut fries; “Shimmy Ya,” a surf and turf with chimichurri and ratatouille on the side; and finally — the dessert.
“Wu-Tang Clan is nothing to (expletive) with,” Boral said. “But also Wu-Tang Flan is nothing to (expletive) as well.”
The evening ended with Wu-Tang “W”-shaped flan with gold leaf toppings — something Boral said was the cherry on top of the entire evening.
All pop-ups are announced on Instagram (@acboral) or Facebook (facebook.com/chefacboral), with seating reserved on a first come, first served basis.
To learn more about Rice & Shine, or to reach out to Chef AC Boral, go to riceandshinebrunch.com.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at [email protected].