Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Vietnamese food is fresh, fantastic and flavorful. It's especially a great choice when you're heading out to eat with a group of varied dietary preferences and looking for reasonable prices. While Eden Center has a great assortment of Vietnamese establishments, sometimes I'd like to enjoy my Goi Cuon (fresh garden rolls) and Banh Xeo (crispy crepe) in a nicely decorated restaurant with cloth napkins. For those times, I prefer going to Present Restaurant and Four Sisters. Since Present is closer, I've been there more often, and I like the whimsical names of dishes on the menu.
Present Restaurant
Green Paradise Spring Roll - Prawn, mint, lettuce, rice noodle and scallions wrapped in a fresh rice wrapper.
Mosaic Pathway - jumbo lump crab meat and cellophane noodle sauteed with fresh vegetables (bamboo shoots, celery, carrot, mushroom, onion, chives and bean sprouts)
Gift from the Sea Resting on a Fresh Haystack - Shrimp, squid and lump crab meat with sauteed vegetables on fresh egg noodles.
I've also tried the Seaside Asparagus (asparagus and crabmeat soup), the Rich Folks Crepe (Saigon style crepe with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and green onion), Silken Shawl Imperial Autumn Roll (deep-fried rice thread wrapper filled with marinated minced prawn and minced pork) and the Hard-Working Piglet (carmelized pork ribs cooked in a claypot). The Autumn Roll and the Rich Folks Crepe were very good.
Four Sisters Restaurant
Shrimp Toast - Banh Mi Chien TomGarden Roll with shrimp and pork and a peanut dipping sauce - Goi CuonLemongrass Chicken Bun - Bun ga Nuong Xa
Carmelized fish in clay pot - Ca Kho To
Carmelized Short Ribs with onion - Suon Non Ram Man

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