September 20, 2009
Well into a weekend visit here, I’ve had a couple of excellent meals and watched the Hogs lose, and am cooking for my hostess today.
Hit a couple of my favorites so far — Bhan Thai Friday night, Bluefin last night. Bhan Thai was, as usual, excellent; great tum kha, a little heavier on the lemongrass than many versions one sees, lots of silky cubes of tofu (I was having chicken in my main dish, so opted against chicken in the soup. I had the Lovely Ginger Chicken, a chicken, onion, bell pepper, carrot, mushroom stirfry in a really nice ginger sauce. It wasn’t a jump-out-at-you gingery, but a nice smooth broth with a rich taste that was standout when one soaked one’s jasmine rice in it. Not the best thing I’ve eaten off that menu, but I’d not turn it down.
Bluefin was, as usual, good sushi; had all my favorite rolls, plus edamame that were, disappointingly, overcooked. Some sake, half of which I brought home.