It’s Restaurant Week in New York City! My French BFF and I decided to take advantage of this by utilizing our lunch hour at Bar Boulud in the Upper West Side.
Listed as one of the top cities with large Vietnamese-American populations in the U.S., Fairfax, Virginia has a handful of Vietnamese restaurants that make delicious, comfort dishes that we, Vietnamese, grew up eating and love.
Hubby and I went to Pho Duong for a dish that’s perfect on any cold day and a cure for all ailments: Pho.
A warm, comforting bowl of soup is perfect on a chilly day for lunch or dinner. Now that it’s finally feels like Winter in New York City, I like to make a large batch soup for Hubby and me to have for the week.
I made Rachel Khoo’s fresh take on Minestreone Soup. Her recipe is very flexible, and you can add whatever you have in your fridge and/or cupboard. It’s also fun and simple to make, especially in advance. It was so delicious, warm and comforting.
I discovered Kopitiam, this hidden gem, during one of my walks in Chinatown. It’s a small “stop and go” place that serves typical Malaysian dishes for breakfast and snacks. It’s run by a Malaysian family, and their kitchen is the size of my bathroom…Tiny! Resourceful, creative…their food has to be authentic and good. I made a mental note to return.
I went back and fell in love with the place. My prior thoughts were also correct. This is now one of my top 10 places in Chinatown.