Lots of last-minute hammering going on in Northern Liberties.
Kong -- the Hong Kong-style street-food bistro from Michael O'Halloran and wife Sophia Lee (partnered with Old City's Luca Sena) -- is bracing for a Saturday (8/15) opening at 702 N. Second St., formerly Sovalo. There's a Chinese lion dance scheduled for 5:30.
Here's how Michael O'Halloran, who owns Bistro 7 in Old City, got to "Hong Kong street food." His mother-in-law, Ping Suet Chiu, was born there, and they return to visit family.
O'Halloran was intrigued by the grub available in stalls. Duck houses and noodle houses are well-represented in Philadelphia -- and in his words, Chinatown's Tai Lake is better than most restaurants in Hong Kong -- but no one is doing that homespun style here. When he cooks "street food" with his mother-in-law, "we're doing clean, light flavors and paying attention to details, like poaching chicken twice."