The gist: From hockey player to attorney, owner Natascha Hess took a winding path to the food scene and made a big splash with her food-truck-turned-brick and mortar location.
The food: Inspired by her time living in China and traveling to Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Hess’ street food inspired dishes go big on bold flavors. From the snackable Bangkok Balls to the spicy Auntie Zhang’s Chinese Noodles, the entire menu is full of crave-worthy temptations. But if you have to pick one place to start, it’s a bestseller from her food truck days, the tantalizing Char Siu pork with smashed cucumber salad.
From hockey player to attorney, owner Natascha Hess took a winding path to the food scene, but it was her time living in China during college that inspired her to eventually start a food truck in 2016 serving the food she’s spent years learning to cook with love like her Chinese “mom” Nalu. With the support of friend turned business partner, Top Chef alum Carrie Baird, Hess opened her first brick and mortar location October 2020. The menu features many favorites from her food truck days including the arancini-like Bangkok Balls, crispy Thai red curry rice balls with lime leaf aioli, along with some fun new additions like the cheeseburger (for real!) fried rice inspired by the burger at Baird’s eatery Rose’s Classic Americana in Boulder’s Rosetta Hall.
How to order: Stop by to dine-in or order for pickup via Toast