He hopes Cafe Asean regulars, including Marisa Tomei, Christy Turlington, Amanda Peet and Natalie Merchant, will trickle in — and that they’ll still recognize him. While lighting a new gas stove last week, a flame ignited in his face. Wong was fine but his eyebrows and much of his hair were singed.
"I smelled like fried chicken," he says. "We’re still getting used to the kitchen."