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Monkey King, the Deep Ellum Noodle Bar, Is Throwing a Pop-Up Dinner at Zoli's Tonight

It's not too often that expertly-pulled Chinese noodles and New York-style pizza come together. When they do, your stomach takes notice.

Which is exactly why you need to head to Zoli's New York Pizza in Bishop Arts tonight. In conjunction with Street Fooder, a "group of pan-Asian cuisine gurus, including chefs Roger Wang and Wai Chhen" according to Eater Dallas, the noodle whizzes at Monkey King Noodle Company will commandeer the kitchen at this beloved pizza joint, and the resulting fusion cuisine sounds delicious.

According to the event's Facebook page, Street Fooder will bring a trio of delicious Asian dishes to Zoli's on Monday, including Asian fried chicken served with honey smoked gochujang sauce, and Quacking Swine Fried Rice, which involves "duck fat infused FORBIDDEN rice" (the "forbidden part is apparently important), house-cured fatty pork, and veggies.

Monkey King will also bring twists on some of their most popular dishes to Zoli's, like "cowboy noodles" tossed with brisket and scallion pancakes. The Deep Ellum noodle joint will collaborate with Zoli's pizza chef Lee Hunzinger on an Asian shredded beef pizza, if only in a limited capacity. Hunzinger will be around to make sure that the work goes smoothly and the ovens function properly, but he'll mostly be turning over the reins to Street Fooder and Monkey King.

Street Fooder has been on the Dallas food scene for a few years now, if flying a bit under the radar. They provided food last year at screenings during the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, and have catered a few private events and scattered public events. Last year, they took over the kitchen at Tanoshii Ramen, but this appears to be the group's first organized pop-up dinner. With a menu like this, there are likely to be more. Asian fried chicken sounds like something you'd need a twelve-step program for if deprived of it for too long.

Tonight's dinner at Zoli's will start at 6 p.m. and run until closing time at 9, unless they run out of food first. No ticket is required for entry, and they'll accept cash and credit cards.

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Amy McCarthy

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