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Vietnamese beef soup is a difficult presentation

A bowl of Vietnamese beef soup is a great example of difficult plating.
A bowl of Vietnamese beef soup is a great example of difficult plating. Special to the Sun Herald

A bowl of Vietnamese beef soup is a great example of difficult plating.

Not all foods are easy to plate. A simple dish, perhaps a filet of beef and a sauce garnish, is pretty simple to arrange in a pleasing manner, but when a plate becomes more complex it takes a real talent to get it right.

In this photo taken many years ago at Kim Long restaurant in Biloxi, a bowl containing seared beef, rice noodles, daikon, carrot pickles and a garnish of cilantro is perfectly arranged. Notice the dipping sauce in the background adds to the composition.

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