By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The owners of Cheu Noodle Bar are preparing to open their second restaurant early next week (planned for February 16th), at 1648 E. Passyunk Avenue.  It’ll be called “Bing Bing Dim Sum.”

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Chef/owner Ben Puchowitz (top photo) admits he’s always had a fascination with Asian cuisine.

“Bing Bing is going to be more of a Chinese flair, centered around dumplings and traditional dim sum appetizers that I’m gonna do some riffs on,” he says.

Hear the full “Bing Bing” interview (runs 13:05)…

Meanwhile, the Korean fried chicken sports bar chain Bonchon is getting ready to open in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, at 1020 Cherry Street.

Franchise co-owner David Taing says he’s been eager to bring this unique taste to Philadelphia.

 

(David Taing, co-owner of Bonchon, runs some Korean pop music videos on the sports bar's TVs.  Photo provided)

(David Taing, co-owner of Bonchon, runs some Korean pop music videos on the sports bar’s TVs. Photo provided)

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“We had a taste of this chicken and thought it was the best,” he tells What’s Cooking.

Hear the full “Bonchon” interview (runs 11:12)…

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And following some unfortunate vandalism that kept the 15th and Spruce Street location closed all last year, Rita’s franchise owner Ron Kauffman has revitalized the water ice store with an early opening and a sweet surprise:

“We’re opening on Friday, February 20th, with a complimentary water ice day.”

(Ron Kauffman, outside his Rita's water ice store at 1511 Spruce Street, in center city.  Photo provided)

(Ron Kauffman, outside his Rita’s water ice store at 1511 Spruce Street, in center city. Photo provided)

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And, he points out, that’s in addition to Rita’s traditional giveaway day, the first day of spring  every year.

Hear the full “Rita’s Center City” podcast (runs 5:07)…

And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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