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Nov. 19th, 2009 | 11:24 am
Our favorite dish of the evening: Thai Style Hot Pot Seafood Soup
Last night I joined 7 friends for the first Gourmet Group outing to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Kim Son on Jefferson St, in Old Chinatown. We had mostly Vietnamese dishes - Cha Gio - the little eggrolls wrapped with lettuce and herbs and dipped in clear nuoc nam - fish sauce, grilled shrimp paste around sugar cane "bones", Singapore style omelette with bean sprouts and shrimp, fried squid with sweet spicy sauce, Thai Style Hot Pot soup made with whole Kaffir Lime leaves and drizzles of chili oil on the top, and a homey soup made of Mustard Greens with Pork Ribs. And for entrées we had garlic butter soft shell crab, coconut curry beef, Mekong style seafood with tomato, catfish in a claypot, Treasure duck, and Beef 3 ways, which was grilled scallopinis of beef wrapped around different herbs with different spices that were rolled into rice paper dipped in hot water with pineapple and Thai basil and cilantro and bean sprouts. We also had Lychee martinis, soda lemonade, and Café Su Da (iced espresso with condensed milk) and Choclatinis for dessert. All that and a 20% tip for $40 a person.
The principles of the Mangiafesto were observed - the Imposition of a $1 a minute tarriff for lateness made sure that everyone was actually a bit early. I'm going to add a codicil to the Mangiafesto: The best leftover goes to the person who has the tiniest stomach who most valiantly tried to try a bite of everything. Because the bears at the table can really eat, and it's not fair for ladies or wee people to not get their fair share. Actually the only violation of the Mangiafesto was a couple of minutes of exposition on "Work" which unless it involves being a SuperSpy or a SuperVilain is expressly forbidden as dinner conversation.