Eating at a Viet Thai restaurant Tuesday night and need suggestions
I love both cuisines, but tend to get stuck ordering the same thing each time. I like pork, duck and just about anything else. Like a bit of spice, but not much. What do you order and why? I love the lemongrass, chicken soup, but that fills me before we get to the main meal.
What do you typically order?
I love bun vit sao mang, which is rice vermicelli with roast duck and bamboo shoots, and vit cuon, which is roast duck, crunchy vegetables, and little rice crepes.
Vit quay is roasted duck (crispy skin!) with garlic sauce.
If they have canh chua, which is sour fish soup, try it.
Try la sa tom, which is the Vietnamese take on the Malaysian dish laksa -- a coconut curry soup with shrimp, kind of like Thai tom kha gung but a bit more "herbal".
Perusing the menu, it's obviously heavily gringo-ized. Not saying it isn't amazing gringo food...but, everything about the graphics, fanciful transliteration, and(maybe it's just me) dear god...tom kha kai is offered with beef(and pho w/ chicken), spells bland, Americanized fare.
I don't know if it is any good there, but the Saigon Special Salad sounds good. I'm a big fan of lotus (and sometimes young jackfruit) salads. The lotus has this delightful crunch and the combinations of textures is very interesting.
Thanks for all of your help and a copy of the menu. Yes, I believe it is gringo-ized. We used to have a wonderful Vietnamese place here in Annapolis, but unfortunately the owners were killed in a head on collision. What I would not do to see them and taste their duck and their marinated pork again!
Keep the suggestions coming!
My immediate assumption, if it is Vietnamese-Thai, is that the owners are probably from Vietnam, probably ethnic Chinese, capitalizing on the popularity of Thai food, so based on that I'd be most inclined to lean toward the Vietnamese dishes.
I generally mistrust restaurants serving the food of two or more countries.