Saigon Aniseed

The aniseed pickles were the best part of my meal at Saigon Aniseed. Cool, crisp, and sweet, they were a perfect refresher between mouthfuls of beef meatball soup, mushroom curry, and steamed rice. The vegetable base of the pickles was cabbage with slivers of carrot. The pickling liquid was smoother than the sharper sweet Japanese…

CLICKBAIT TITLE: Poopy childhood memories

Years ago, I was watching one of those mainstream¬†food competition TV shows on the where competitors are given an ingredient they must incorporate into a certain course. One of these courses was dessert and the ingredient was corn. An Asian competitor mixed caramel corn into¬†pastry (choux, if I remember correctly) and piped it into this…

Beef satay pho at MeeKong Bar

“I have this four times a week,” the server said as he set my beef satay pho down. This was only the best-looking pho I’ve ever had. Actually consuming it after eagerly snapping photos was fun too. The rice noodles had thoughtfully been pre-cut into bite-sized pieces, making this a pho one could actually eat…