Kasim J. Hardaway

Part social media influencer, part marketing guru and full on fatty with an insatiable appetite. 

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One Final Bite of AEP: Farewell to Kansas City's Authentic Thai Street Food

One Final Bite of AEP: Farewell to Kansas City's Authentic Thai Street Food

Photography by Treezy

 The prettiest Phat Thai in all the land.

The prettiest Phat Thai in all the land.

From the first moment I walked into AEP (pronounced APE), I was immediately enamored and knew I stumbled upon a Kansas City culinary gem.

There aren't many restaurants I visit multiple times per month but AEP was the ultimate exception. Before AEP hypnotized my taste buds with it's fresh, avant-garde take on Thai street food, I can't say I indulged in the Southeast Asian cuisine often. However, Jakob Polaco, chef and founder of AEP, is an absolute culinary genius who created something magical.

Upon seeing their official closing announcement on Instagram, I knew I had to stop in to have one final bite of AEP.

My last bites of AEP Restaurant

AEP Restaurant Kansas City Authentic Thai Street Food Isaan Style Sausage, Kasim Hardaway

Naem

Isaan style sausage with pickled cabbage.

 The final supper at AEP restaurant.

The final supper at AEP restaurant.

The full spread, starting at a 12 o'clock position and moving clock wise around the table:

  • Muu Krob, crispy pork belly with gravy, jasmine rice and stir fried greens.
  • Som Tum, Central Thai green papaya salad with dried shrimp, tomato, long bean, peanut and tamarind chile dressing.
  • Burmese Curried Greens, local greens stewed in mild red curry, served with chickpea chips.
  • Phat Thai, shrimp, thin rice noodle, peanut, bean sprout, green onion and an egg garnished with cilantro.
  • Naem, Isaan style sausage with pickled cabbage.
  • Variety of sauces
AEP Restaurant Kansas City Authentic Thai Street Food Muu Krob, Kasim Hardaway

Muu Krob

Crispy pork belly with gravy, jasmine rice & stir-fried greens.

P.S. If you never had the chance to stop in and grab a bite, you missed out on some of Kansas City's most instagrammable plates.

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of the restaurant's control, AEP closed its doors after service this past Saturday.

Farewell AEP, Kansas City and I will miss you dearly.

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