To meat or not to meat? Next time you stop by Pow Pow, you won’t have to ask yourself that question. The Asian eatery known for offering the option to add chicken or pork to their custom-made salads and bowls is taking meat off the menu for the entire month of May.
But the vegan party is just getting started. They’re also expanding their reach beyond the confines of their H St. NE restaurant. Think JRINK meets Pow Pow plant-based bento. Your gut health improved just by reading that.
The meatless masterminds
Local restaurateur Shaun Sharkey created the concept and branding at its inception and partnered with John Yamashita (hello, creator of Sticky Rice on H St.) to curate the menu. And the talented vegan chef working closely with Yamashita (and the one steering the menu into its first meatless month) is none other than Shaun’s wife, Margaux Riccio.
The team feels strongly about their plant-based proteins and cheeses, placing them on par with their meat offerings. For now, Pow Pow’s new vegan menu is just part of a pilot program for the month of May, but depending on interest, it could be a lasting shift.
JRINK + Pow Pow plant-based bento boxes
…equals all of the good-for-you plant-based proteins and anti-inflammatories your body needs. Food is more than just a means to a full stomach, and JRINK and Pow Pow have partnered to bring you food that heals.
Margaux curated several bento boxes with your health (and your taste buds) in mind. Think miso roasted cauliflower with kimchi brussel sprouts, ginger, purple potato, and plant-based feta cheese that will make your gut more than happy. Looking for a protein fix to get you through the day? Pow Pow’s Thai bean medley, Sriracha cashews, and kimchi burnt broccoli will give you a daily dose and keep those hunger pangs at bay.
This week, you may want to forget your lunch at home — on purpose. These beautiful bentos come in at $10 a pop, so both your stomach and your wallet will thank you. Claim yours at the JRINK in Foggy Bottom or at their 14th St. location starting at 10am.
And who knows — maybe Pow Pow’s temporary sans meat menu will turn into a permanent revamp. So cross your fingers vegans and vegetarians — here’s to hoping the concept will stick like seaweed on sushi rice.
Editor’s note: After an overwhelming response to their completely meatless menu, Pow Pow has announced they’re turning their trial run into a permanent change. Their menu will be entirely plant-based for the foreseeable future.