A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try a few menu items that will be coming to Chef Bee’s new restaurant NaiYara, which is set to open soon in Sunset Harbor on Miami Beach. Chef Bee also is running a restaurant in North Miami called Oishi Thai, which is a must try, even if you aren’t in the area. It’s worth the drive.
But anyway, back to the sneak peak, right? Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, known to most simply as Chef Bee, was born in the small town of Ban Sankhohiang, located in the Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand, bordering Laos and Myanmar. Very early on he developed a serious love for culinary, and it really shows through in his dishes. He makes sure to bring everything he learned from his grandmother to our very own Miami.
I was given the delicious opportunity to taste a few of his very well known dishes, many of which he will be brining over to his new venture in Miami Beach.
First of, we started with some crispy bok choi, which I have to tell you his hands down the best bok choi I have ever had. Chef Bee adds a bit of chili powder for the perfect kick. Then we tried his homemade beef jerky, which he proceeded to tell us that people have asked to purchase it in bulk! It’s that good. Lastly, the taco truffle is to die for. With salmon, kimchee, miso, mayonnaise, avocado, and truffle oil this is the best appetizer you can order.
Moving into some main course meals we had the AB Zaab, which is chicken, bamboo, scallion, celery, white pepper and oyster sauce. But my favorite has to be the Siracha Wings. Wow. Enough said.
And, for those of you who love fried chicken you have to try Chef Bee’s version of it. Made with garlic, black peeper, cilantro, and coriander seed with red chilies you can’t go wrong with this plate.
You must finish the night with some sweet lychee. Even if you aren’t a big fan of lychee I suggest you try what Chef Bee brings to the table. You won’t be disappointed!