what we ate on saturday:
*squid salad (again, but never a tired dish, in my book. discussed in previous post -- consistent.).
*pork sausage salad
this included chinese pork sausage, sliced peppers, thinly sliced red onion, mint leaves, ?? not spicy but pleasantly sweet with the sweet pork sausage. i kept picking at it until it was, oops, gone. it wasn't outstanding, but it just tasted good and comforting. i loved the chewy-crunchy (sausage-fresh vegetables/herbs) texture . . .
*long bean salad
long green beans that were blanched? definitely not fully cooked. had a definite crunch and tasted almost raw. spicy (bite after bite). also tossed with some sort of dried sea creature (squid? fish? we forgot to ask). also with little yellow seed-like things (looked like mung beans, just the yellow part, another item we forgot to inquire about). i think this salad was also mentioned in a previous post. we all agreed it had a somewhat odd flavor -- not sure how to describe it.
*lemon soup with shrimp (other variations as well, but everyone else at the restaurant seemed to be eating shrimp)
hardly lemony at all. shell-on full-bodied shrimp (with lots of little legs and nice heads) and oyster mushrooms in a light broth. shrimp was slightly overcooked. arrived with a piece of lime which perked up the soup. the catfish soup with young jackfruit and coconut was much better, imo.
*fried fish with sweet and sour sauce
whole fish in a sweet and sour sauce with jackfruit, bell peppers, and onions. not sure what kind of fish it was, but one diner thought one side of the fish was fatter than the other . . . it was fine, nothing special. under the sauce the fish was still slightly crisp, and the meat was flaky -- could have been cooked a little less.
we polished off all the plates, clean as a whistle. for me, though, this meal didn't live up to the meal i had there last weekend (especially the spicy chili pork!).
oh, and a nice chevre (p. jacquin) from harry's cheese and cold cuts (haymarket) was brought to sample. light, crumbly, young. covered in vegetable ash. triangular slices from a large log. $5.99/lb. deemed tasty all across the board. various cheeses at very nice prices. the number of trips i'll be making to either formaggio kitchen will be dwindling . . .
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