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Rice Paper Scissors Starts "Saigon-Style" Street Pop-Ups

As seen at the first Rice Paper Scissors pop up in February. [Photo: Michele Campeotto]

A new pop-up restaurant Rice Paper Scissors has hit the streets from two San Francisco Vietnamese street food vendors: Valerie Luu of Little Knock and Katie Kwan of Kitchen Sidecar. The idea actually started last month, when the two friends decided to get something fun together for a Vietnamese New Year celebration. Turns out they'd both been wanting to do a pop-up restaurant in the streets for some time, and Rice Paper Scissors was born. The first event took place on a patio at 20th and Valencia Streets. Woven together with several strings of Christmas lights, bright red plastic chairs and Cambodian pop music, it's all inspired by female cooks who work their magic in alleyways across Vietnam and Cambodia. "No one has permits in Vietnam," notes Luu. The event drew 100 people, she adds, "a success."

And now Rice Paper Scissors seeks a similarly unconventional space for its next pop-up on March 31st. The menu will consist of "foods you can't find around town:" handmade pate, chacuterie banh mi, snail pho, duck confit green papaya salad and imperial rolls. And Luu and Kwan hope folks will stick around to eat on their red plastic chairs "Saigon style" instead of grabbing a bite on the run. The location of the next event will be released Thursday morning on Twitter @littleknock or @kitchensidecar. Both ladies will be selling their goods at the ForageSF Night Market this Saturday as well.

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