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Petom Kochawattana admits to making certain flavor concessions for his tame-palated clientele at Bangkok Kitchen, his Caldwell, New Jersey, Thai restaurant. But at Open the Sesame, the "noodle, rice, and grill" establishment on Orchard Street, he vows, "I'm not holding anything back." Kochawattana, whose own artwork decorates the space, showcases what he considers Southeast Asian street food, from crispy lotus roots with spicy avocado sauce to cilantro-and-garlic pork-ball sandwiches. "I grew up in the kitchen," says Kochawattana, who was one of eleven kids in his Udon Thani household, and food service seems to run in the family: His sister Diane owns Sa-Woy, Pad Thai, Regional Thai, and the new Sticky Rice.