We’re in this dining group that has special meals at various local restaurants. They’re usually off-menu and explore a regional style that the chef knows well. Some of the restaurants get very elaborate, with musicians and dancers and rare ingredients; others never turn off the TV; but it’s always an adventure. Tonight, we’re at a Vietnamese restaurant nearby–the organizer says “Owner Hai Vong of Pho Thai Long Restaurant serves Saigon-style cuisine with flavors that may surprise you, and he’s cooking a banquet for us exactly as he would for a Vietnamese wedding or family reunion.” Hmmm! Here’s the preview menu we’ve been given (subject to change):
Appetizers: Crispy Shrimp Paste, Cha Gio Rolls, Goi Cuon Shrimp Rolls.
Main courses: Crispy Fish, Lemon Grass Chicken, Grilled Stuffed Beef Over Salad, Vegetables With Shrimp And Pork, and Special Fried Rice.
Obviously, you can’t be too picky if you go on these dining adventures….and I’m not. Can’t wait!