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Pittsburgh - Asian Food

pontormo | Jan 22, 2009 09:14 AM

I finally moved to Pittsburgh this week, and managed to try two of the Asian places that I have read about on here. First, I went to Tom Yum Kum in Edgewood. It is a very small, quaint Thai place out in nowhere, next to a laundromat. There are only 5 tables, but very nice. We got the chicken satay and fresh spring rolls as appetizers - both were pretty good. For entrees, i got a large bowl of Thai seafood noodle soup. Pretty tasty all in all, but the real winner was the pumpkin curry, made with fresh pumpkins and served over rice. This was absolutely delicious. At first I didn't really know how well pumpkins and curry would work together, but it really was perfectly married together. We will definitely go there again.

Also, we went to Me Lyng in Homestead, which Rick has posted on here, and which he liked. It is a Chinese/Vietnamese place on 8th street, just west of the Homestead Grays bridge (very close to the Walgreen's). The hostess told me that the cook was Vietnamese - very important to me, as I really prefer Vietnamese cuisine over Chinese. I got the beef pho, which was very good. I wouldn't say it was completely authentic in that the beef used was not the typical cut - it was more like the very tenderized pieces of meat that come in common Chinese dishes. The broth had all the right seasonings and aromas of star anise and cloves. We also got the orange chicken from the Chinese menu - unbelievable. We both thought it was the best orange chicken that we have ever had. The chicken was lightly fried, very crisp, and was sweet and succulent in a way that I have never tasted orange chicken before. We also got the Vietnamese version of Lo Mein - interesting, orange-reddish rice noodles (instead of wheat), with a light citrus undertone to it. The other real winner of the night were the spring rolls. They were fried, which I normally do not get, and usually do not care for. These were incredible, filled with meat and vegetables - so much better than the common fried spring or egg roll. They definitely were not healthy, but were wrong in such a wonderful way. The interior was actually quite cute. We went there twice already, and we will definitely be back. I would never go to P.F Chang's (which is around the corner) with this place nearby.

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