As part of an effort to include more people 13 hounds met for the second lunch at Champa Garden. We were lucky to be able to use previous posts and the experience of the Wednesday group to choose our menu! In accordance with the unwritten rules of Chowing, we ordered many more dishes than can be possibly finished...yet we did a great job of consuming almost evrything!
The company was great and we were also treated to some of Joel's wine (thanks!)
Fried spring rolls
Fried Rice ball salad
Sour sausage with three hot sauces
Eggpland stirfry with bean sauce and basil leaves
Lue noodle soup with fermented bean
Lao noodle soup with rice flour noodles
Whole tilapia in sour tomato sauce
Catfish in penang coconut curry
Papaya salad (thai style)
Pork Pad se-ew
Green dessert (friday's only)
Mango and tapioca and agar dessert
My own favorites (though I enjoyed all dishes! Not one was below average):
Angel wings were crispy and delicious with the sweet chili sauce.
The catfish is a reason to fly to Oakland from anywhere else in the country!
Fried rice salad is a very satisfying dish combining ying and yang: soft, crispy, salty, sweet, hot, cold!
Larp was my least favorite...a bit too spicy and the beef was almost too mushy.
The soups, particularly the Lue were true comfort foods. The stinky taste added a wonderful note not usual in american cooking.
Thanks to everyone who attended and especially for the owners and staff of the restaurant who were truly incredible (their excitement at having a large group was wonderful) for a great lunch...all for $18 per person including tip!
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