Anyway, I was first introduced to Vietnamese cuisine a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the freshness of every dish. Mint, basil, bean-sprouts or lettuce are often included in the dishes. And knowing that Jenn's WIAW party is emphasising on vegetables this month, I headed off to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant! Sure enough, there were veggies in every dish!
Prawn Rice Paper Roll
A simple and refreshing dish dipped in a thick sweet peanut sauce. The insides are filled with vermicelli noodles, lettuce and prawns. Most of the Vietnamese rice paper rolls that I’ve had, are often over-stuffed with the vermicelli noodles but this wasn’t. The ratio between the lettuce and vermicelli noodles were well balanced, allowing the prawn to shine.
I couldn't get enough of this sauce! It was thick, sweet and had crunch from the roasted peanuts.
Raw bean sprouts- to be dunked in soup.
Pork and Prawn Rice Noodle Soup
Like a lot of Vietnamese dishes, this came with a plate of raw bean-sprouts for you to dunk into your warm soup. I like my veggies crunchy so, this’ll avoid over-soaked and soggy vegetables! And the broth was bursting with flavour- pure umami! If I caught a cold (touch wood!), forget chicken soup. I’m getting this.
Vietnamese Pancake with Seafood and Pork
This picture did not do justice to the size of the pancake! Even when folded into half, it could easily cover my face!! The thin crispy pancake was generously filled with sauteed onions, bean-sprouts, spring onions, prawns & sliced pork. The pancake by itself is good but the way it should eaten makes it REALLY good!
First, grab a huge lettuce from the pile of fresh greens and any herbs your taste-buds enjoy. For me, it would be mint and basil. Then, place a portion of the crispy pancake and hearty fillings on the lettuce with the fresh herbs.
Wrap, dunk in a sweet sauce and eat. You get the crunch from the fresh lettuce and the thin crispy pancake. There’s saltiness from the fillings and sweetness from the sauce. It was a huge dish but we certainly didn’t have any trouble finishing it!
Thanh Ha 2 is definitely one of the better Vietnamese restaurants I've been to. It's been consistently good with fresh ingredients! Plus, when you're done, just head over to Ikea and get some shopping done!
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As always, head over to Peas and Crayons and check out the veggies!