Saturday, October 21, 2006
Vietnam Restaurant in Philadelphia
Went to the Vietnam Restaurant on 211 N. 11th St. in Philadelphia's Chinatown (not to be confused with the Vietnam Palace Restaurant across the street) last night before a show. It's one of the favorite places of my friend Andy in NYC.
He recommended the spring rolls which were tasty - great skin and a very flavorful filling of pork. I wish the sweet sauce they gave us could have been spicede up a little more like I do at other Vietnamese places.
We also got an appetizer consisting of raw (yes RAW) beef in lime juice with peanuts and basil. This is the favorite dish of one of my cousins in California, but it is hard to find in it's true "raw" form because of meat quality reasons as well as the fact that it is a raw beef dish. The waiter even cautioned us on our order, but we knew what we were getting into. It's a lot like ceviche- delicious.
I also had the Special Pho- Fougoo said she still preferred the Pho at the Vietnamese Train place because it had a larger portion of tendon. I thought the broth at Vietnam was a little more salty than at the train restaurant.
I also like to dump out some hoisin and sriracha to dip my pho meat in, and Vietnam didn't distribute small dishes for my sauces like at the train place.