Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Asia Palace in West Valley

You come to Asia Palace for the foodremember that. This place is always filled with loyal Vietnamese ethnic locals coming to enjoy traditional home-cooked dishes. My absolute favorites are the pho, snow pea leaves and chicken wings. I recommend trying out the specials that are listed on the marker board when you walk in.

Pho Soup with Meatballs, Rare Steak and Flank Steak.  The pho broth here is dark and rich, and the noodles are wonderfully chewy. Ultimate comfort food. I asked for the Rare steak to be served separate (rawa) so that it doesn't overcook in the piping hot broth.
Snow Pea Leaves.  Depending on the chef, everything seems to be wok-tossed with jalapenos so I remembered to ask for no jalapenos. The snow pea leaves were tossed with whole garlic cloves and came out perfectcrunchy stems, wilted leaves, bright and green.
Crispy Wings.  Perfectly crusted and tossed with a delicious sauce, onion and jalapenos. They do great wings here.
Bird's Nest with Beef.  The egg noodles are deep fried in the shape of a bird's nest and filled with a stir-fry o veggies and slices of beef. Not my favorite. Sauce was a little bland so we poured on the hot chili sauce.
Korean Short Ribs.  The short ribs were sliced thin and wok-seared, served Viet style with scallion oil, pickled daikon and broken rice. If you love super fatty and chewy (like I do) get this. If you like your meat lean and steak-like, don't get this.
Tapioca Mungbean Dessert.  Slurp up because these tapioca bowls are addicting! Vietnamese warm tapioca desserts are the best!
Asia Palace has been upgrading their interior with some wood panel wainscot, granite tabletops...much nicer.
The flat screens played Vietnamese concert videos all day long.
Asia Palace
(801) 972-2835
1774 W 3500 S
Salt Lake City, 84119
Open Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9:30pm
Off the I-15, exit 3300 South and head West. 3300 S turns into 3500 S when you hit Redwood Road.
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