Sunday, January 13, 2008

Vietnamese/Filipino Specialities

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Arygle is a bustling neighborhood in the city of Chicago that offers an array of Vietnamese cuisine & culture. We started my Vietnamese ethnic food tour with a Vietnamese lunch at Pho 777 (a personal favorite). Here, we feasted on a family style meal including the following Vietnamese dishes:Canh Chua Ca (Hay Tom) - Choice of catfish or jumbo shrimp cooked in tamarind and lemon-leaf flavored broth

Goi Ca- Slices of cucumber, celery, shredded carrots, and mint combined with thin slices of white fish fillet and topped with a sweet & sour dressing, caramelized shallots and crushed peanuts. Ca Hong Chien Mam Toi - a whole red snapper deep fried to perfection and topped with chopped green pepper & garlic sauce, served on a bed of lettuce and sliced tomatoes Ga Xao Xa Ot- sliced chicken breast sauted in a spicy lemongrass sauce

Bo Xao Sate - Sliced beef stir fried with diced onion in a spice satay sauce

Tom Thit Ram Man - marinated tender pork & shrimps slowly braised

Cai Lan Xao Dau Hao- Chinese broccoli stir fried with crushed garlic and oyster sauce
Afterwards, we picked up some dessert at the bakery across the street called La Patisserie and went to some nearby grocery stores like Trung Viet & Viet Hoa to browse and/or buy some Southeast Asian groceries.
Here are pics of some of the asian goodies (not necessarily Vietnamese) I picked up today:
Salt & Vinegar Chips
(a fave snack imported from the Philippines)
Shrimp Flavored Chips
(another childhood snack we both love)
Mango Cream Sandwich Cookies
(another Philippine import snack)
Pad Thai Noodles & Sauce
(an new item for me to test out)
Thin Wonton Noodles
(perfect for Chinese Noodle Soups)
Soup Mixes
(these give a great depth of flavor and texture)
Fried Garlic
(which I use in soups for additional flavor)
Filipino BBQ Marinade
(which I love using with fish like salmon & tilapia!)
Fresh Chinese Broccoli
(wonderful steamed and then sauteed in garlic)
Lychee Frozen Fruit Bars
(my husband's fave fruit dessert)

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