Welcome back to our series: Asian Inspired. My momma always said never shop on an empty stomach. I definitely took that to heart during my recent trip to Seattle’s Asian market Uwajimaya. Before we hit the aisles, my husband and I chowed down in the food court. We like to try a new stand every time we go. This time we hit the Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Bistro. I’ve had the Pho before, which is de-li-cious, and with a little direction from a Vietnamese friend we decided to try something similar, but new. Bun Mang Vit. For beginners, like me, it’s a light noodle soup with a duck and cabbage salad and ginger sauce. YUM!
Who knew something so light could also be so hearty and packed with flavor. On the bottom right you’ll see everything that comes with the order. The big bowl is the noodle soup, and the duck salad is on the right with a big ole’ punchy pepper on top waiting to smack your taste buds! Ok, seriously getting hungry again!
My husband and I are not completely accustomed to the right and wrong way to eat it, so I opted to mix everything together and eat the duck in the soup. I made it about a quarter of the way through the bowl before my stomach said “no more!” and I still had SO MUCH left over! In fact, I made 2 more meals out of our leftovers! You can’t get better value than that!
If you’re not into duck, there are other meat options. You can also get chicken. I didn’t have one of the Vietnamese sandwiches on this go-round, but it’s definitely worth checking out. They are normally very inexpensive, think $3, and they are so incredible. Meats and herbs and veggies, it’s like nothing else!
I hope this post inspires you to challenge yourself and your palate with new dishes from different cultures, even if it’s a little scary. If nothing else, consider it a conversation starter for you and your dining companion(s).
Also, thanks for showing so much love to my first series. It was so much fun for me and I truly walked away inspired by my journey!
Asian Inspired: Market Adventure