You know that little hole in the wall (hitw) Restaurant that you go to and you know it definitely doesn’t get enough kudos? For me that place is Chiantown Express in Chinatown, DC.
I remember the first time I ever saw this place. There was this big old green structure sticking out of a building and I saw a Chinese man in a white chef outfit with these big old white noodles in his hands just stretching and tossing them, making them bigger and bigger. I was probably in high school and it was certainly intimidating but also fascinating. I could have watched him all day. 10 years later, you can still find chefs in the window pounding and stretching out the same hand pulled noodles in the window. And it brings back tons of memories of the old Chinatown, when you could walk to any corner and find delicious authentic Chinese food.
Alright, I’m done being long winded, even today they consistently serve delicious handmade fresh noodles in soup or fried, with a variety of meats. You can also find your traditional American Chinese dishes and some dishes that are traditional Chinese dishes. Just about anything here is delicious.
But the soup will always be my first love and will always be the first thing I think of when I think of DC’s Chinatown.
So it’s not a big secret that there isn’t really many places to go for Vietnamese food in D.C. One of the most known places is Pho88 in Chinatown. At roughly $13 a bowl, it’s kind of on the steep side.
I took my girlfriend on her actual birthday, since she had been wanting to try it and she loves Vietnamese.
These are pan-fried dumplings. They look delicious don’t they? They could have been a little crispier but I was satisfied.
This is Pho #1. It has rare beef, well-done brisket, meatballs, tendon and tripe. Don’t be afraid for those of you who have never tried pho! The rare meat continues to be cooked by the broth as it comes to the table, causing it to be fully cooked by the time it gets to you! And tendon and tripe is delicious, try it!
For the non-adventurous people, they have less crazy toppings too.
It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. A lot has happened in 4 years, gasp, I know. Between changing careers and growing up, life just moves so fast for me. If you’d like to see what I was up to, you can check out my food instagram where I kept posting and getting better in terms of food pictures. My instagram is ewongfood.
So what have I been up to? Well there’s that pesky thing that keeps me afloat called a job. I also moved the Great Nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C. It makes it possible for me to take pictures of awesome food like this:
This is a Smoked Salmon biscuit from ButterCream, a little bakery on 9th st NW in Mount Vernon Square next to the Washington Convention center. It’s a quaint little place to grab breakfast or a snack and some coffee. You’ll find me enjoying the wonderful food and coffee in peace and quiet on Sunday Mornings. They serve Compass Coffee, my favorite.
I got this lovely little thing as my breakfast along with the medium roast from Compass to get me started and awake enough for a wonderful day at Awesomecon! I geeked out all day!
The sad part about my adventures in food is that in order to survive during work, I have to have food that is quick. I don’t always have time to go out to a restaurant to eat so this is how I survive the week:
Granted, I try to mix it up, I don’t just eat Stouffers, I also buy Eating Right, Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine. It all depends what is on sale that week. But hey! It kind of looks appetizing, right? right?