Sunday, June 24, 2007

Saigonese in Wheaton

Last night we checked out Saigonese, a Vietnamese restaurant in Wheaton. As some of you know, we spend a lot of time at Minh's, the Eden Center, and other Vietnamese restaurants in the area. We haven't done much exploring in this area, but will be doing more soon.

Here is a mini-review of the dishes we had. We'll be back to Saigonese.


CHARCOAL GRILLED TOFU - Dau Hu Nuong: Fresh tofu charcoal grilled and served with peanut sauce. $4.95

Very nice and simple dish. Great for those who like the grill taste.

Goi Cuon Rau (2 rolls): The popular non-fried fully-cooked rolls. Softened rice paper wrapped around tofu, carrot,vermicelli and green leaf and served with peanut sauce. $3.95

Lovely and mult-textured. Peanut sauce is not anything special but tastes just right.

49. BLACK-PEPPERED GLUTEN - Mi Can Kho Tieu: Gluten (made from wheat) sautéed in caramel soy sauce and seasoned with black pepper. Cooked in a clay pot and served with steamed rice. $7.95

Perhaps the best dish of the evening. Gluten is all about the texture. So tasty and the pepper was not overpowering. Sweet but not too much so.

57. TOFU SAUTEED WITH GINGER - Dau Hu Kho Gung: Tofu simmered in a clay pot with ginger in rich caramel soy sauce and served with steamed rice. $7.95

Super-gingery as expected. Tofu was cooked through and rice was lovely.

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