Vietnamese Food Favorites

Two huge things happened this week.

One: I finally got over the flu.

Two: I have more time to blog again. Maybe daily. And maybe even comment on all of your beautiful blogs.

Anyway, I’ll explain more later. Here are my eats for the day (this first picture is from last summer’s juice days):

Breakfast was a green juice with lemon and ginger from The Health Nuts. Yes, this juice is $5.99 (a large), but that’s actually cheap when you consider the fact that The Blueprint Cleanse is about $75 per day (6 juices – one of which is simply water, lemon juice, agave, and cayenne pepper).

After breakfast I did a killer kickbox workout from Netflix (you can work out when you’re sick as long as the cold is just in your head – this made me feel better). It’s called 10 Minute Solution – Kickbox Bootcamp. The workout was good, but I didn’t like the instructor that much.

After I did this one I did a few minutes of Crunch: Super Slimdown which I really liked. I’ll definitely finish it tomorrow. It’s a combination of yoga and pilates (so far). This instructor, Ellen Barret, had a gorgeous figure.

Both of these videos are free with Netflix streaming. We have an XBox hooked up to the television so I can stream them right to the tv. We don’t even get cable anymore because Netflix is easier and cheaper. (And cheaper than a gym membership.)

Lunch was a salad ordered out from Cafe Metro: romaine base, smoked tofu, egg whites, avocado, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, mandarin orange, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers, sliced beets, and sprouts. I got it chopped with dressing on the side – Chipotle Ranch. It also came with a whole wheat bun, which I had a little later.

Lunch dessert – these chocolate powerberry things from Trader Joe’s. Just a handful. Or two.

For dinner we went out to Thai Son in Chinatown, which is actually Vietnamese. I got the papaya salad – green papaya, shrimp, peanuts, and the Vietnamese dressing with fish sauce. I had some of Bobby’s beef pho as well. This is my ultimate favorite meal.

Dessert – Chinatown cherries. Two pounds for $3. Now they are gone.

My brother is coming into the city tomorrow to get lunch so that should be fun. I also scheduled a facial now that I’m over the flu.

If you had to eat one meal forever, what would it be? Mine would be papaya salad. I don’t even think this would be a hardship for me.

Make A Meal With Side Dishes (Korean)

I adore Korean food. On Sunday I ended up stopping at H-Mart, the Korean market on 32nd Street (it’s in K-town).

At H-Mart I was seduced by pre-made panchan (side dishes; also spelled banchan). I picked up a few of the cheap ones ($1.99 each). First there was an egg pancake thing with some veggies:

Then I got an amazing daikon kimchi. This was slightly sweet and different from any kimchi I’ve ever had. It’s the best kimchi I’ve had though!

I got shredded and pickled daikon too… (A little sweet, a little sour, just right.)

And some steamed (or sauteed?) spinach with sesame seeds and soy sauce. (This is very similar to gomaee, a Japanese spinach dish. My gomaee recipe is here.)

And my other favorite (aside from the cool daikon kimchi) – sprouts! I don’t know how these are prepared but they’re really yum.

I also got a Japanese side dish, takuan (a different pickled daikon). This is one of Bobby’s favorites. We always soak it in water for a little bit before we eat it, otherwise it’s too salty.

We didn’t just have the side dishes though. We took lettuce leaves and filled them with white rice, then added different side dishes for topping, then dipped them in hoisin and hot sauce. I was out of that amazing Korean red sauce, but hoisin+hot sauce worked almost as well. Must remember to pick up the red sauce next time I’m at the store.

They kind of reminded me of the FUSHI I made all the time last summer.

Ahh, yum. I will make that again soon too.

What’s your favorite Korean side dish? Which ones would you want to try?