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Asian Menu: what should I order?

We're going here for dinner tonight and we're not terribly familiar with some of the items on the menu. What looks good to you? Soup, appetizer, etc. Never had pho - is it good?
Help! (fast)

http://ipbiloxi.com/LinkClick.aspx?fi...

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  1. Crispy fried squidwith garlic and black bean sauce
    Mixed kimchee
    Pho (yes, it is very good), make sure you get the greens
    Sake simmered flounder
    Cha - soba
    Chef's wok cooked greens

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      Thanks, Sam. The menu overwhelmed me. What about dim sum (small dishes?), and what to drink? I'll see if I can find the drinks menu.

        1. re: bayoucook

          This place sounds really good! I would have a heck of a time making up my mind. The small plates look good and in my book anything with duck is good. Also the prawns with cashews sounds good. You have to have a spring roll and the pork dumplings look tempting. I do really like Tempura shrimp. First time I ate shrimp, as a teen, was at a japanese restaurant and it was the best I have ever had. Restaurant is long gone but the memory lingers! Also the Thai Beef salad looks good. What a combo of cuisines. SOmething for everyone. I hope there are going to be a few people so you all can mix and match. Where is this asian food mecca?

          1. re: danhole

            It's at the Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi (ipbiloxi.com) - they have a haute cuisine menu at thirty-two, a Brazilian place, among others. We've eaten at tien before but had this menu

            http://ipbiloxi.com/LinkClick.aspx?fi...

            1. re: danhole

              I see you're from Houston. If you ever get down this way, you should try it!
              Emeril's Gulf Coast Fish House is in another casino (Island View) and the Beau Rivage here has excellent dining, as well (beaurivage.com). Hey, it's a short flight or about an 8 hour drive away, right?

              1. re: bayoucook

                I didn't think we were too far away from you, gathering this by some of your posts and food preferences. I sure like the current menu for thien better than the other one, but both sound good. We will have to make plans to visit next year, as my husbands vacation days are all gone! Thanks for the link to ipbiloxi. Not much further than New Orleans and we have made that drive.

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Thanks, Sam. It's just the two of us tonight, and I've written your suggestions down.
              I probably have eaten more of these items than I realize, since I lived in the Phillipines for 14 months, and visited China and Japan (this was in 1972-73). We tried to get thru' the menu and/or have them bring us items they liked. Really good stuff! But I could never bring myself to eat balut....

            2. Pho is absolutely wonderful, and I don't think you'll find a person on this board that would disagree. After that, its all about your tastes.
              I'd probably go pho, crispy lobster dumplings, shanghai chicken, a tien roll spring roll, and some fried rice (just because I love fried rice.)
              I'd say just mix and match and share with your dining partner, order several different things and find out what you like.

              1. The menu looks to be a mixture of Vietnamese and Chinese style dishes. How many will be dining? I hope you will be sharing plates/food. If there are just two of you I'd opt for Sam's menu in a heartbeat.

                1. May I humbly recommend that you try pho in a place that specializes in pho? I would make a large wager that unless pho is this place's special secret, it will be inferior to pho house made pho. Have only the best, no?

                  For a heavy dinner for two, I would go for things that appear light but are varied and give you a good sampling and leave room for lots of lobster: I would order the crab cucumber salad, chef's wok greens, chow fun, Hong Kong Duck spring rolls, and ginger lobster.

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                  1. re: luckyfatima

                    I second the recommendation to try pho in a pho specialty place...and similarly recommend that you try the cha-soba at a soba shop.

                    One of the problems of ordering noodle soup at a restaurant that serves many other items (non-specialty location) is that the noodles (whether pho, udon, soba, etc) can sit in the soup while you consume other offerings, and lose their wonderful firmness/chew....

                    1. re: luckyfatima

                      We have a huge Vietnamese population here, and they've gotten wonderful jobs cooking in the casinos, creating authentic dishes. From what I've heard, many of these are working in the kitchen at tein. I was a F&B manager in the casinos for the first 10 years they were here, so I know this first hand.

                      1. re: bayoucook

                        I still wouldn't recommend pho at a pan-Asian restaurant, even one run by Vietnamese, particularly for your first taste. Pho is very easy to make poorly.

                        1. re: Caralien

                          I trust you. I'll wait to try it, or ask for a sample...

                    2. Regarding pho, I have never had a decent bowl at a placed that didn't specialize in it (and have had it poorly done at many places that did).

                      I would, however, agree with everyone else's recommendations and do a varied tasting.

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                      1. re: Caralien

                        Another thing about Pho is that it is not a sharable dish, or should I say not convenient to share.

                        1. re: danhole

                          And when served at a specialty shop, it is a full meal - typically a large bowl that I rarely finish. The only additional item that I've had with pho is a cream puff (one of the Seattle 'chains' gives you cream puffs along with the plate of bean sprouts and herbs).

                          1. re: paulj

                            I usually start with egg rolls (cha gio), but leave ready for a very long nap.