After recent chatter here and from others in town, I had a hankerin' for the beef and jalapenos and maybe something new and exciting from Red Pearl. Well when I got there last night, the only thing new to me was that the restaurant is closed Monday nights. When I asked the younger woman at the front counter about specials per a comment here, she handed me a menu and said to return some other time b/c it was closed. No idea as to specials. Ahhh, i need someone to interpret!
Was thinking of trying Gordos but wanted to eat in and read a book so I headed over to Que Huong for some pho and summer rolls. Both were great, summer rolls definitely hand rolled - I want to try to start making those myself. I assume I can find the right ingredients at the Super Oriental Mkt or the mkt on 7th Ave S? Peanut dipping sauce was interesting but too thick so I cut it with Sriracha. Sometimes a problem I have with Pho is the heavy handedness of star anise. No such problem here - you could taste it but it was not over-powering. I had the Pho with beef round and brisket. I used to get the Dac Biet which included those cuts plus the tendons and tripe but they sort of creep me out now, consistency-wise. The few Pho places I have been before provided more ingredients to add (two slivers of jalapeno) but they were fine here. I am also used to the meat coming out separately and you add it to suit your tastes rather than all of it already in the soup. Whatever, it was perfect for a cold night while reading (although I am lucky I didn't get pho all over the book).
Aside from the banh mi, what else do you recommend there?