Chefs collab will turn into a knife fight

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Alex Boonphaya of Circles (left) and Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette.

Thai New Year is Tuesday, April 15, but chefs Alex Boonphaya (Circles Thai) and Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette) decided to start the celebration early with this collaboration:

A Thai New Year Knife Fight will be a six-course Thai New Year dinner on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Circles location at 812 N. Second St. in Northern Liberties.

The chefs were planning on teaming up for a collaboration when Boonphaya suggested they let the guests decide who prepares better Thai dishes. An admitted fan of Thai cuisine who’s always up for some friendly competition, Woolsey jumped at the opportunity to compete with Boonphaya and let 40 guests decide whose dishes pack more punch.

The format: Each chef will prepare two savory courses and a dessert, and the guests will rate each dish on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 representing the most delicious. The chef whose dishes score the highest points wins. Guests will not know which chef conceived which dish until after the ballots are tabulated and the winner is announced. The winning chef receives a Korin Japanese chef knife and bragging rights.

Here’s the menu:

Tom Yam Soup - Spicy and sour soup with prawns, clams and squid

Kanom Buang - Crispy Thai turmeric crepe with minced prawns, peanuts and bean sprouts, served with a sweet chili sauce

Kow Kruk Kapi - Jasmin scented rice mixed with shrimp paste, and served with climbing waddle omelet, fresh vegetable and herbs

Chicken Ballontine - curry, peanut, sautéed vegetables and rice

Kanom Lod Chong - Pandanus rice noodle with sweet coconut milk and black sticky rice

Coconut Creme Caramel - Coconut and lemongrass custard, mango puree, and a basil and honey tuile

Reservations can be made by calling Circles at 267.687.1309. Circles is BYOB. Learn more about the restaurant by visiting .

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