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on Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Chef's Picks

We are thrilled to announce the next round of Chef’s Picks for Pi Pizzeria. The first is called the “Grand Market” which is inspired by the diverse international markets and restaurants found along STL’s Grand Avenue and is also inspired by “Bibimbap” which is one of Chef Cary McDowell’s favorite Korean dishes.

Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: pibimbap, sometimes anglicized as “bi bim bap” or “bi bim bop”) literally means “mixed rice.” Bibimbap is served as a bow of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, Gochujang (chili pepper paste) and soy sauce. A fried egg and sliced meat, usually beef, are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before serving. 

We worked hard to “adapt” the form factor of the Bibimbap to our Signature Deep Dish Pi. Similar to the “Chouteau” we are stoked to be able to slow-cook meat in our deck ovens, utilizing the residual heat from a long day of pizza baking. in this case we use beef brisket, a cut of meat used extensively in the BBQ world because of it’s ideal “meat to fat” composition.

The brisket is rubbed aggressively with the Gochujang which gives it a subtle, yet strong and spicy characteristic. We’ve adapted the traditionally sweet and piquant Bulgogi BBQ Sauce, taking great care to represent the fragrant punch of ginger and garlic, the nuttiness of sesame and the sweetness of honey to make a base sauce that we mix with our deep dish pizza sauce. 

True to form, we use the light crunchy texture of fresh vegetables; zucchini, carrot, sweet red peppers, baby spinach and portobello mushrooms to accentuate the power of the beef. After the pizza is bakes, we glid it with chilled and marinated bean sprouts. To further emphasize the “bam”, we top with chopped kimchi. Every BBQ culture has a tangy, delightfully acidic slaw that a corrals all the flavors together and in Korean cuisine, kimchi plays this role. 

Lastly, we top with an egg in accordance with traditions. We feel that our deep dish crust is a great role player for the cooked rice in the traditional dish. It’s an exciting departure from our signature offerings and we think you’ll love it as much as we do!