Before a lecture at Westminster College in Sugarhouse, we had just enough time to swing by Indochine Vietnamese Bistro for dinner.
First up, an omelette-style Vietnamese Crepe, "bánh xèo," stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts and meat garnished with standard traditional-style staples of lettuce, mint, cilantro, cucumber, pickled daikon and carrots and bowl of prepared fish sauce. This turmeric pancake, stuffed with all sorts of fillings. is one of the French influences. These Vietnamese crepes are made from coconut milk, rice flour, water and turmeric powder (reason for the yellow color, not egg) vs French crêpes which are made from eggs, flour, milk, butter and salt.
Approach this à la lettuce-wrap. Yum and interactive (demo pic below). The shrimp was peeled versus shell on, a gesture directly intended for the American.
Next up, comfort-food, "Hu Tieu Ap Chao Do Bien," a Chinese inspired flat rice noodles stir-fried with seafood. I was disappointed to see such a soggy starchy sauce (especially after that light turmeric crepe plate). Nevertheless, this was delicious in dive-Chinese-buffet sort of way. No one complained. The noodles were burried beneath a mound of extra-saucy bokchoy, bean sprouts, carrot, shrimp, calamari rings and scallops.
It has been just forever since I've enjoyed a drip coffee outside my home. Finally, a REAL Vietnamese Coffee out and about!
10 minutes dripping and my Vietnamese coffee was ready for stir and pour over ice. Hit the spot :)
Next up: Shrimp Patty on Sugarcane "C Platter came decked out in traditional condiments... more lettuce, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, pickled carrot and daikon, sitting on a bed of vermicelli rice noodles drowned in peanuts and scallion oil served with peanut sauce and (see below) fresh rice paper with an accompanying bowl of hot water (for softening the rice paper before wrapping). I was in charge of the rice paper dipping, diligently dipping rice paper.
(Rice paper curls up when exposed to air. They even provided a plastic screen weight to hold the rice paper down.)
Ready to roll.
A Vietnamese meal must always include a soup. "Canh chua cá," which is a tamarind base sour soup with fish, made with pineapple, tomatoes, okra, bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapenos and topped with fried shallots and garlic. Beware of fishbones!
Finally, we had "b