Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Try our Vietnamese restaurants

This is the last blog post in this week’s healthy series, and we will focus on our Vietnamese restaurants.

There at least six on the Coast and all are good. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the world's great food traditions, and the variety of great things for which they are famous is surprising. 

Most people know of pho, perhaps the most iconic Vietnamese food for most, but have you had any of the clay pot dishes? 

The pork is my favorite. The beef stew, fragrant with cinnamon and star anise is just wonderful this time of the year, but the pork chops might be my favorite. That is restaurant food so I am not going to supply a recipe, but I hope you will visit one of the restaurants and try it for yourself. 

What I will give you a recipe for is the daikon and carrot salad that is so often a garnish for Vietnamese food. Try this on a po-boy and burger, and you will forever be a fan. 

DAIKON AND CARROT SALAD

1 cup rice vinegar

5 tablespoons sugar

2 pounds daikon julienned

2 carrots also julienned

2-3 pinches salt. 

Combine the vinegar and sugar and bring to a simmer, then remove from the fire and allow to cool. Toss the daikon and carrots in salt and set aside for 20 minutes. Then rinse and dry thoroughly. Combine the vegetables and vinegar mixture and allow to marinate for at least one hour. Store sealed in the fridge, and it will last quite a long time. 

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