I've been out of town for about a week, but the night before we left, my wife agreed to a "triple header" dinner at Hong Kong Market Mall on Bellaire. Very cool! (Did I mention how much I love my wife?)
We started off at one place I've been wanting to try called "Kieu Giang" at the west end of the mall, near where the funky white guy preaches in perfet Vietnamese on the weekend. The menu was an interesting mix of rice and noodle dishes (rice with ..., and noodle with ...) I had wanted to eat there because I saw they had some jasmine rice dishes. (I *LOVE* Thai jasmine rice!) I ordered a Bo Luc Lac jasmine rice plate. Bad news - it was just plain white rice. Good news - the Bo Luc Lac (chunks of filet sauteed with onion and pepper) was juicy, medium rare, tender and very tasty. My wife ordered the "C1" broken rice combo special. This was a rice platter served with shredded pork, egg, shrimp patty, grilled meat and sausage. This was really cool, very tasty, and interesting.
We then went to Thein An for their Vietnamese crepe. this is a thin crepe folded around meat, shrimp and veggies (mostly sprouts). It is served with lettuce (for making wraps?) basil, cilantro and the clear Vietnamese sauce that has the grated carrot floating in it (normally served with the small fried egg rolls). The crepe was fantastic as usual.
We finished off with desert at a crepe place on the outside of the mall, at the southwest corner of the parking lot (sorry, I forgot the name). We ordered a chocolate and peanut butter crepe with ice cream. It was actually very good, and it was more the traditional french crepe than the crepe at Thein An. Great desert, but kind of messy and a bit pricey at $5.
I just love the fact that I'm married to a woman open-minded enough to have a progressive dinner at the most Asian mall in town...