I cook for myself even more than I cook for my clients. The reasons are obvious; its cheaper (except for fast food), healthier (much healthier), and if I may be so bold, it tastes better. But there are days when even I don’t want to cook, like today. After a 50 mile ride with my friend Tyler (OK maybe it was only 10 but it was a hard 10) I don’t even want to stand up.
If I do eat out, I try to eat healthy, and eat things I can’t really make for myself..which brings me to tonights dinner: Vietnamese Combo Noodle Bowl.
I can cook Vietnamese, and when I was at the Blue Star I could source things like fresh Galangal, Kaffir, and shrimp paste, but these ingredients are pretty hard to find even in 2010. I didn’t want to cook, or stand, or go to the Asian market so I hit up my friends at Saigon Springs. I would throw them a link but not surprisingly they don’t have a website. While looking for their site, I did find a review that made me laugh. Among many positives, I found 1 very negative review; complaints: speed of service (yeah mamasan… move faster), and it smelled funny (seriously???). For you I recommend PF Chang. Please never web search how to make fish sauce, really… never, especially if you like Vietnamese or Thai food.
So you know… that I don’t follow recipes… and I know…that most of you do… and you know that I know that you know…anyway, I went online and looked for a decent recipe similar to how I would make it, if my legs didn’t hurt so bad. While searching, I ran across this beauty…http://www.fatsecret.com/recipes/vietnamese-vermicelli-noodles/Default.aspx. DO NOT MAKE THIS RECIPE!!! Not trying to start a web fight with another foodie, but check it out, 1 serving… FOUR TABLESPOONS OF FISH SAUCE. It even has the nutritional info… 5772mg of sodium… A 3 day supply. And trust me it would make the Dead Sea blush. I have a 500ml bottle of fish sauce that is 3 years old, still half full and I do cook Vietnamese and Thai sometimes….
So if there is a moral to this story I guess it would be: find a good local Vietnamese Restaurant that doesn’t have a website and smells funny. Don’t go there too often. If you are looking online for a recipe: look at several and still use common sense. Lastly, If you never feel like cooking… do yourself, and your family, a favor and look into personal chefs…like me.