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Drinking Food – Surf and Turf Extravaganza

1 Mar

This has been quite the week. First crawfish, then came the lobsters. What crustacean comes next?  Apparently Claude, the Tasmanian Monster Crab. Seriously, folks.

Last night we met some friends at Eden Center, once again, club slash restaurant slash karaoke bar slash bar V3 Lounge. Known as the “Gem of Virginia” according to one web search. Interesting. They don’t seem to separate their many identities, regardless the time of day or day of week. The appropriate invitation to dinner may be: Yo shawty, let’s go to da club and our grub on. Thursday night is all of the above, but they also have $10 lobsters.

V3 is a great spot for đồ ăn nhậu, or (loosely translated) drinking food or literally (according to Google Translate) it is “drink, food“. These are dishes that may not make a great meal all at once, but are served while drinking over a long period of time that you pick at with a group of friends. Think football games, warm days on the deck and long nights under the stars. These are some of my favorite foods.

These aren’t sad, wimpy Lobsterfest lobsters. They’re pretty hefty week after week. Meet our first course buddies: these bad boys were grilled and topped with Scallion Oil, or Mỡ Hành.

Grilled lobster

We also started with these amazing grilled clams, topped with the same Scallion Oil, fried scallions and peanuts.

Grilled clams

Of course this isn’t enough for dinner. So we ordered fried rice with beef, and another round of combination fried rice. I preferred the beef.

Next up, fried chicken wings and Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef). If you haven’t had Vietnamese chicken wings, you’re missing out. These are fried with fish sauce and caramelized so they’re rich and savory. Nice and crispy too. If you’re not the most adventurous eater, you can do these two dishes. The Shaking Beef is like a beef stir fry or pepper steak. No, the beef isn’t shaking. That would be an issue I’d surely hear at work. Rather it refers to the cooking method – in a really hot pan or wok, you quickly shake the beef around in the pan to sear it on the outside, leaving the inside tender and juicy. Mmmmmm, juicyyyyy.

Chicken wings and Shaking Beef

Of course this wasn’t enough, so we went upstairs for dessert. Grass jelly and coconut jelly drinks, toasted coconut ice cream and green mango with chili salt (more on that later), from our fav spot Song Que. Pandan waffles from the place across the way. Thanks to the new Lay’s Chicken & Waffles potato chips, all I could think of as I gorged on the Pandan Waffles was “Man, this would be really good with some fried chicken”.

photo of pandan waffles and grass jelly drink and toasted coconut icecream

I better get checked for gout.

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2 Responses to “Drinking Food – Surf and Turf Extravaganza”

  1. Patty March 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    It all looks amazing! I want to go there the next time we go to Eden Center 🙂

    • amandare March 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Haha – we’ll take you some time and go early. Being your earplugs 🙂

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