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Showing posts with label Vietnamese. Show all posts

Pho 88 Colonial

9728 E Colonial Dr, 
Orlando, FL 32817
Phone (407) 930-7670

I have always been a fan of the original Pho 88 on Mills in Orlando and was excited to hear of the second one opening on the east side of Orlando. In case you are unfamiliar, Pho 88 is a family owned restaurant that has a vast selection of authentic Vietnamese dishes, especially Pho. Their popular and delectable pho (beef noodle soup) is a must try! They also serve other appetizing dishes such as rice, stir-fried, rice vermicelli, egg and clear noodles, and vegetarian dishes. They offer a variety of drinks to quench your thirst from some of the more popular Vietnamese ice coffee with condensed milk to import beers and wine.

This particular location, which is the second for Pho 88, used to be Louie & Maria's Italian Restaurant. I have no idea why they closed, they had been in business for over 30 years. The new owners have brightened and opened it up a bit, but the inside is just kind of plain. Not that that’s a bad thing, because the food more than makes up for lack of excitement in the dining room

As I mentioned earlier, the dining room is rather bland, but it is very spacious and accommodating.

Just as you enter, to the left, there is a nice little bar that has beer on tap and wine selections as well as a selection of Saki's.

The Cha Gio, or fried egg rolls, were actually some of the better egg rolls that I have had in some time. Although I am not normally of fan of fish sauce, the flavors of the two combined were superb.

The Beef Potstickers were quite tasty and I really enjoyed the dipping sauce.

The Bo Kho Pho Beef Stew had exceptional flavors. Filled with savory seasonings and a delicious broth that was so good, I kept trying to eat my wife's entree selection.

I ordered the Bun Bo Nuong or rice vermicelli with sliced beef and shredded cucumbers, lettuces, bean sprouts and fish sauce. With an added few dashes of Sriracha, this dish was all I could ask for.

I was pleasantly surprised by the new location of Pho 88. All of the food that we had was very good and served in a timely manner. I can guarantee you, this will be one of Taste of Orlando’s go-to spots, especially since they are right around the corner from me. I recommend that you go check them out yourself as well.

Pho 88 is open daily from: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Summertime recipes from Top Chef's Gail Simmons for a good cause

Now that summer time is here, I  thought I would share a great summer time recipe from Gail Simmons of Bravos Emmy winning series: Top Chef

Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert and permanent judge on BRAVO's Emmy-winning series Top Chef, now in its 12th successful season, as well as the head critic on Top Chef Masters.

She is also a special projects director at Food & Wine Magazine, and the author of Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater.

Gail has partnered with Pure Leaf Iced Tea in their #LoveOfLeaves program for 2014 to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities through a partnership with Wholesome Wave.  Every engagement (share, like) with content tagged with the #LoveOfLeaves hashtag will activate a $1 donation to Wholesome Wave, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to under served communities.

Wholesome Wave programs improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. They currently reach over 28 states, and work with more than 60 community-based organizations who manage nearly 400 farm-to-retail venues, and impact more than 3,200 farmers.Together, this community has the power to provide 100,000 pounds of fresh produce to those in need.

Vietnamese Slaw with Peanuts and Cilantro 

Paired with Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea:

By Gail Simmons

Serves 4

For the dressing:
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 large shallot, finely sliced

For the slaw:
1/2 head small red cabbage
1/2 head small Napa cabbage
2 medium carrots
4 radishes
2 mini seedless cucumbers
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 small Granny Smith apples
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish

Begin by making the dressing so the shallots have time to marinate. In a large mixing bowl combine everything except the shallots and whisk together. Place shallots in the dressing and set aside.

Using a mandolin or a food processor with the slicer and grater attachments, finely slice the cabbages, radish and cucumber. Grate the carrot and separate the cilantro leaves. Core the apples and finely slice to yield thin half–moons. Place everything into a mixing bowl with the dressing and sliced shallot and toss together well.

Serve slaw topped with chopped peanuts and extra cilantro leaves. Pair with a bottle of Pure Leaf Not Too Sweet Honey Green Tea.

And for a refreshing tea that can be enjoyed by itself, or as a cocktail try this out:

Watermelon Refresher Tea 

4 servings

1 bottle Pure Leaf Sweet Tea 
4 sprigs tarragon, plus more for garnish 
3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes 
1/2 seedless hothouse cucumber, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes 
3 tablespoons lime juice 
Pinch of cayenne 

1. Add tea and tarragon to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium heat. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a heatproof container and cool thoroughly.

2. Combine watermelon and cucumber in a blender. Add lime juice and blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Add cayenne and stir.

3. Pour half cup tarragon tea and 1/2 cup watermelon mixture into 4 ice filled glasses and garnish each with a tarragon sprig.

4. If you would like to make a cocktail, all you have to do is add a 1 ounce shot of your favorite tequila to each drink....and enjoy! 

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