christopher575 (christopher575) wrote,
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Lunch

I only know one place in Seattle to get banh hoi. Before that, my favorite dish in any restaurant in town was banh hoi at Pho Kim Phuong, which is now a scary Supreme Master restaurant, Loving Hut. I decided a while ago that I should learn how to make it myself, and it was only recently that I managed to get all the ingredients I need.

To make it, you soak thin rice noodles in water for a few hours, mix them with tapioca flour, and then steam some using a splatter guard between a pan and its lid for five minutes. They come out a solid mass after that, which can be used in sheet form in spring rolls or cut up into smaller pieces. You wouldn't want to serve someone a whole sheet on a plate, because they're a bit of a pain to cut.

I had just done a lot of cleaning in the house and organizing in the kitchen, so I didn't feel like going out to pick anything up to serve with it. I settled on some bacon Spam which I marinated in lemon juice, soy sauce, Sri Racha, and hoisin for about 40 minutes.

Ideally, this should be served with a better meat, such as charbroiled pork, as well as greens for wrapping and dipping into fish sauce. And not the plain stuff, but the house stuff with vinegar, sugar, and/or whatever else is in it. I could look up a recipe, but don't feel like it since I just ate the meal without it.

So here's what I ended up with:

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Banh hoi detail:

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The banh hoi is garnished with scallions heated in peanut oil, which is a typical preparation. Half a cucumber, a whole tomato, and some lemon soy sauce accompany.

This was a lot of work and pretty complicated. I'm really happy I can do this and make it with better stuff in the future.
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