Sunday, January 23, 2011

long provincial vietnamese restaurant

I really love Vietnamese food. Granted, I grew up eating it, but I love the complex flavors of savory, sweet, and sour that certain Vietnamese dishes have. When I'm feeling especially homesick (and too scare to tell Mama Tran that I can't really cook Vietnamese food), I'll head down to one of the 3 good Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle.

I dragged J with me--he has limited exposure to the cuisine (pho and banh mi don't count). Seeing as how I didn't want to scare him away, I stuck to three fairly safe (a.k.a. non-adventurous) dishes.

The first dish we ordered was a satay appetizer called bò xã lụi--which is basically grilled, ground beef that's seasoned with fresh herbs and lemongrass. With notes of onion and garlic, it's a savory start with some heat.

The next dish we ordered was something I ate all the time as a child, cơm sườn bò nướng, which is grilled short-ribs with rice.

These short-ribs are amazing! They've been marinated and are grilled--there's a hint of smoke and salt that makes them mouth-watering. They're tender and served on a bed of rice with pickled vegetables and a fish sauce that adds spice and a little (very slight, but complex) sour note.

The last dish we split is my all-time favorite: bún thịt nướng, which is basically the same as the short-rib dish, but instead of beef, you get pork, and instead of rice, you get rice noodles. Oh, and it's served in a bowl. The bowl is essential--it makes it easier to mix all of that tasty delicious-ness together and the rice noodles do a good job of making sure that the herbed fish sauce isn't too overwhelming for each bite.

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1 comment:

  1. Your blog about Vietnamese food is really awesome and this food looks delicious .I like Vietnamese cuisine food very much and i have tried many vietnamese recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting Vietnamese restaurants in weekend.