I'll just have the soup.

It is no big secret that I am quite partial to food. I think Orson Welles said it best: "My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people."

I greatly enjoy ethnic cuisine with Thai and Indian being my favourites, but for the longest time, I was unable to be satisfied with Vietnamese cuisine.

That changed last year when I had the opportunity to spend some time with a Vietnamese woman. I explained to her that although I had tried Vietnamese food, I didn't really find it that appealing. She suggested we go to a restaurant and she would introduce me to good Vietnamese food.

We skipped the main courses and simply went with the spring rolls and soup. That was a good experience. Vietnamese soups are very hearty and tasty and a meal in their own right. It was interesting to eat the soup with chopsticks and a spoon. Using the chopsticks to pick pieces of meat and vegetables and noodles into my mouth, while using the spoon to sip at the broth.

Now, whenever I go to a Vietnamese restaurant, I only order a large bowl of soup. Sofia still insists on ordering a main dish, but, still, I never find them as tasty or satisfying as the soups.

Image nabbed from here.


b said…
I find that great soup is hard to come by so I can easily understand your wanting to order soup as a meal if it is as great as it sounds here in your post!
ghee said…
i love vietnamese noodles and roll food too :) soup is great this winter!

its nice to hear from you again,Richard!

Richard said…
breal: some cuisine are great and almost everything is wonderful (Thai and Indian come to mind, for me). Others require you to have an insider show you the ropes. Of course, different people have different tastes, but at least you know what you are getting into with someone to guide you. How many times have you been at a Chinese restaurant with 135 items on the menu, trying to figure out if you should go with the Five Treasure Vegetables or not? Same with a Dim Sum - I'll sample everything, but someone in the know can always guide you to the better stuff.

ghee: I always visit, though not as frequently as I should. And, I haven't always been leaving comments.

I like the spicy soups. Of course, I always like spice in my life.
KayMac said…
will keep this info tucked away. the best meals are often those that are not on the menu.
I love Vietnamese food. We have a couple of places in Halifax that serve good food, and I'd love to try it in Toronto, or Vancouver, to compare.

I have a short story to tell.

In the early 80s, when Canadian communities and churches sponsored hundreds Vietnamese refugees, one family opened a terrific restaurant in Bedford, a Halifax suburb. I wrote about the place in my restaurant column, and probably ate there once a month. It was an adorable place, with their kids doing homework nearby, and working as wait staff when it was busy, which was often

The restaurant eventually closed, as the family went on to do other things, but I still dream about their hot and sour soup.

Some time, about a decade later, I was out shopping, when a gorgeous woman greeted me like an old friend, and gave me a huge hug. She was so beautiful that I almost couldn't stand. I also didn't recognize her.

But it was one of the family's daughters, who used to serve me hot and sour soup when she was an eight-year-old. It was wonderful to learn that she had great memories of that period, too.
Richard said…
smartlikeastreetcar: that is a great story. I love when people share like that. I prefer Thai restaurant for hot and sour.

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