Chibanos pop-up restaurant at Solar Myth in South Philly

Five years ago, Evan Fong Jaroff decided to transition from a career in finance to “something more closely tied to my family and my history.”

The result is Chibanos, a “culinary concept that has stuck with me,” the 37-year-old told Billy Penn for more than a decade. This was accomplished in late February, with a series of pop-ups at the Solar Myth cafe-bar-music venue at 1131 S. Broad St., which ends Sunday evening.

It’s a tight menu by design, Jaroff said, centered around a trio of pressed sandwich options. The Chickibano is filled with slow-cooked chicken topped with Chinese broccoli and onions in a garlicky black bean sauce; The Vegano blends braised jackfruit and grilled tofu with a spicy black bean chili spread. The namesake sandwich layers ham, Swiss cheese and Chinese pickles on roast pork simmered in a marinade inspired by a recipe from his maternal grandmother.

“It’s something we wanted to convey,” he explained, and which is “consistent in all the sandwiches we make.” The menu offered there, he said, is inspired by its multicultural background.

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