The food at Jūn, which opened in the Houston neighborhood of Houston Heights in February, reflects the experience and heritage of Top Chef alum Evelyn Garcia and her culinary partner Henry Lu, as well as food that they just like to eat.
One of the menu items is based on laab, a Thai and Lao dish of spiced minced meat with toasted rice and a variety of Southeast Asian aromatics.
There is a raw version, mostly in Laos, made of beef, and this dish at Jūn is similar, but it’s topped with fried dough for texture
The minced beef is mixed with egg yolk, shallots, Thai basil, mint, cilantro and an aïoli made with toasted rice.
That’s topped with a citronette of Korean chile flakes, shallots, olive oil and citrus, and then finished with a sesame buñuelo.