Wok Street opening with free Asian bowls

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Bowls are the specialty at Wok Street.

The folks from Genji - emboldened by the success of their sushi-roll quick-serve Hai Street Kitchen & Co. - are opening an Asian bowl shop called Wok Street.

The first location is a former cell-phone shop at 1518 Chestnut St. (215-693-3010), and to mark the opening, Wok Street will offer comp lunch to the first 300 people on Thursday, May 12 beginning at noon.

Concept is straightforward: Choose a signature bowl or make your own ($7 to $9). Start with a base of rice or noodles, then add crispy veggie miso tofu, Szechuan-glazed chicken, or braised soy-sauce-based beef or pork. Add veggies, sauces and toppings, including a coconut red curry sauce, tamarind sauce, pickled red onion, and pickled red peppers.

The menu also includes a banh mi made with hoisin mayo, shaved jalapeno, cucumber, pickled red onion, cilantro, and a protein; summer rolls made of rice paper and rolled with Asian slaw and chicken; a salad with a lime cilantro dressing; and tofu cheesecake with a ginger maple syrup topping.

Interior is suitably rustic with concrete and painted-brick walls, with wooden accents.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.