A New Orleans chef is set to open an Asian restaurant in the White Star Market food hall, selling a range of dishes from ramen to sushi.

Chef Vu Le said his Chow Yum Phat restaurant will bring to the forefront the Asian flavors he feels have been missing from the local dining scene.

“When I visit bigger cities, I usually find myself at an izakaya, grilling up some Korean BBQ, or enjoying a face-melting bowl of dandan noodles,” Le said. “Mostly it’s all types of food I can’t find at home. I want to draw from those flavors, and incorporate them into my menu at White Star.”

Le, who goes by the nickname “Phat," has worked at a variety of eateries, from delis and grocery stores his family operated in New Orleans, to the downtown Baton Rouge sushi restaurant Tsunami, where he was a chef for six years. He considered opening a food truck, but decided to launch Chow Yum Phat in the White Star Market.

Clark Gaines, the owner of White Star, said he’s thrilled to have Le in the market.

“His creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are a perfect fit with us, not to mention he’s bringing a menu and concept to the market that I feel Mid City will embrace,” Gaines said.

White Star Market will anchor the Square 46 mixed-use development on Government Street. There will be nearly a dozen food and drink booths, including Robear Ln from Chef Jesse Romero, a second location of Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Gov’t Taco from Jay Ducote, Fete au Fete from New Orleans chef Micah Martello, Reve Coffee Roasters, and Another Silver Spoon from Chef Michael Mangham. Construction of the market is set to begin later this summer, with an anticipated opening date about nine or 10 months later.

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