January 24, 2009

Lunch at Huynh

Hello all! I know it's been awhile since I have posted … I can thank some very busy times at work and also Houston's gorgeous weather of late, which has led to many picnics and afternoon walks. I find it extremely hard to go back to work when it is 65 degrees, breezy, and sunshine-y, don't you?

One day the lunch I had packed didn't seem appealing --lentil soup is one of my favorites, but somehow it seemed inappropriate for a beautiful day -- and so we decided to get lunch at Huynh, a Viet restaurant outside of downtown. We chose the worst possible day to go, however, as a favorable review had just been published in the Houston Chronicle. There were major hiccups with the service, but I can't fault them for being slammed after a very positive review. Besides, my frustration at the wait melted away once I had one bite of my food, which was delicious.

I ordered one of my favorite dishes, banh cuon: thin rice noodle crepes enveloping savory pork and garnished with basil, cucumber, lettuce and fried shallot. Judging by the delicate texture, I believe Huynh's rice noodle crepes were freshly made, which astounded me, because I have never had freshly made banh cuon except in Vietnam. The Chronicle review confirmed that they make their rice crepes and some of their noodles in-house, to-order, which makes this place a real find.

912 St. Emanuel St.
Houston, Texas

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