This afternoon we were craving for some Indonesian food, even though we just came back recently from Jakarta! Luckily, we have La Fenetre in Saigon. They have a good Indonesian meals so it can fulfill our craving.
For lunch today, we ordered dishes that we’ve never tried before here. They were Tahu Telor (fried egg and tofu with peanut sauce and petis), Soto Betawi (beef in coconut milk soup) and Rawon (Indonesian Beef Black Soup).
All dishes were delicious. It did lack of richness compared to the original one in Indonesia. But I think it is because they adjusted the taste for foreigner. I posted about this on local foodie facebook group and the owner of the restaurant explained about this “lack of richness”. She said “Yes we cut on coconut milk for Soto Betawi as it is too rich for most of people also for “petis” on tahu telor as it is quite strong for non Indonesian for the smell and flavor.” Just as I thought!
Overall the taste was delicious, especially the sambal. They gave different sambal for different dish! Tahu telor was a bit spicy for me, but definitely will recommend this one to my friends since they like this kind of dish and spicy food. For rawon and soto betawi, I don’t think it will be interesting for them to try because most of them don’t like eating meat. Although…they ate Fried Chicken here lol. But mostly because of the galangal that was used as one of the spice for it.
Have you been to La Fenetre? What is your favorite dish there? Let me know in comment.
I’ve seen this place before when I passed by on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street but I never realized that this restaurant was on my ‘have to visit’ list (Yes I have a list on my Foursquare account haha). So today I decided to try it out. A bit worried that they don’t have English menu though. But I know a few words in Vietnamese and several types of food, so no harm in trying 😀
I came in and the place was crowded! Must be really good (or really cheap.. one of another). They have second floor seating as well, and I sat on one of the small table. The waitress gave me the menu while speaking in Vietnamese. I just smiled and received the menu. I saw on the menu they have lunch menu set which is interesting options. The girl came again (I’ve just opened 1 page!) and spoke in Vietnamese again. This time I told her “Sorry, I can’t speak Vietnamese” while smiling. And she smiled back and tried to explain with her limited English. In conclusion, all lunch set menu has sold out (what??!) only clay pot set menu left, or the ala carte dishes.
Clay pot menu ala carte
Rice with Stir fried ala carte
Their first page on menu is noodle soup dish (hu tieu), then claypot, rice and fried noodle (mi xao). I didn’t know what to order because everything seemed interesting for me (yes, I was very hungry!). No noodle for sure. I had enough of noodle yesterday 😀 I decided to order Rice with Pork Combination (com thit xao thap cam).
When it came, I was surprised. Didn’t expect this many vegetables! And I didn’t see the “pork combination”. Just pork meat and mushroom, sauted with green vegetable, onions and carrot. Anyway.. I started eating. OMG! It was very delicious!! The taste was just right and I didn’t have to add anything more. I loved it! The vegetables were also fresh, especially the mushroom. Soo yummy! I really enjoyed it.
While I ate, I saw some people eating dessert. I saw on their menu that they only serve dessert during weekday, so why don’t I try it. Ordered 1 Che! I have no idea what is that aside from the red bean. They were sweet and using coconut milk for sure. I like it 😀
I didn’t order drink because they gave free ice tea. The total cost for rice and dessert was 61k vnd. What a deal! It is a good option for lunch or dinner if you are looking for a cheap and delicious homecooked-style Vietnamese food.
I’ve heard a good thing about Thai Street a few weeks after they opened, but too bad at that time they only open for dinner. I don’t want to go to District 2 just to have dinner, as I live in District 1. But about a month ago, they also open for lunch. I was so excited to try! About 2 weeks ago, I went there (finally) with my friend. She is a regular there so she knows which menu is good.
The place itself is made with a sense of Thailand, with all the signs and decorations. It has outdoor seating (with roof) and indoor seating (with aircon). We sat outdoor because we brought our dogs as well.
We ordered several dishes and when the food came, my friend showed me how to eat it Thai’s way. First of all, most of the dishes are for sharing. You can have it all by yourself of course. But by sharing you get a chance to try another menu as well. Maybe it is just a thing in Asia where we like to share. I’ve had meal with people with Europe and most of the time they didn’t share their food.
Next thing I learned from her about Thai food was Thai people likes to eat their food with 4 flavors at the same time. Salty, sweet, sour and spicy. That is why in an authentic Thai restaurant they should have these 4 items, which are fish sauce, sugar, chili pickle, and dried chili. Interesting. Saying is easy, but the most intriguing scene was when I saw she actually did it. Especially when she poured sugar on top of her food. I know we can use sugar for cooking to enhance the flavor, but usually I used it during the cooking process! Not on the plate.
She showed me how to do it with this flat noodle dish. She took a little portion of it to her plate and add everything there. I didn’t do it…at first. This noodle was really delicious! It reminded me of the fried kwe tiaw in Indonesia. I ate it without adding anything. Then she asked me to try hers. I got hooked. It was even tastier! I put some sugar, pickle water and chili and mixed it together. Now I always eat this noodle that way haha. I’ve been there several times already now and this noodle is always on my table 😀 Can’t miss it.
My second favorite dish there is Chicken Green Curry. I just love it. If you order this during lunch time, they will come in set with rice and vegetable as well. Not during dinner though. What I like about this curry is… everything! The chicken is tender, curry is thick and flavorful, and the green leaves in it made the curry fragrant. Very pleasant smell for us. The steamed rice was cooked well as well. There was 1 time when I got a bad steamed rice though. It was hard and dry. But overall, this dish is recommended. Better than green curry in another Thai restaurant that I’ve tried.
This fried rice was not bad actually, but I think it has less flavor than the other two above. I like it for a change if I don’t order green curry. It came with stir-fried pork, small dried shrimp, eggs, mango salad, and cucumber. Topped with lime, and mix it together.
I’ve never tried Thai pork satay before. I was expecting a brown, char-grilled pork meat and some fats, marinated in dark soy sauce. Oh.. my favorite! But when it came.. it was totally different looking. Thai pork satay used all meat, and they used spices. I can taste a strong turmeric flavor on it. I don’t mind it since I like turmeric, but I don’t think I will order this again in the near future.
During lunch time, all of tea menu are free! I like their Thai lemon tea. The sugar is separated. If you like sweet drink, then you should order Thai Ice Red Tea.
They give free dessert after meal. Ice slush for lunch and Ice Cream for dinner. Yum!
What is your favorite dish there? Let me know in comment. Ciao!
Today is Saturday! But most of ARC member were working almost full-day for ARC. Started with dogwalking, which strangely very quiet today with only 5 dogwalkers (and 12 dogs including our own dogs). I had to walk back and forth because one of the dog decided to stop walking and wanted to go back to clinic 😥 Molly is old so maybe she was tired from heat on her troubled skin. I could have stayed at clinic after took her back but Henry was with me and he needed to walk. This is why I had to go extra miles…
After the walk, we asked the clinic to take Rex (a dog yes.. not a dinosaur. Altho he acts like one..) out. He (we assumed it’s a male and we forgot to check when we met 😑) was rescued several days ago and my friend almost lost her hand trying to catch him. He was still very scared and tried to bite his lead to run away. We sat quietly with him as part of rehab and training for about 30 mins. It was supposed to be 10-15 minutes but the staff was busy so we had to wait for them.
On this picture I could tell that he is better than the first time he came out. At that time he was still looking away. Sign of avoidance. His head was not hidden when I took this photo, which is a good progress.
I had only 30 mins to take shower and prepare stuffs for bazaar, then I went to D2 again for lunch (my driver would think why don’t I just live in D2?! 😅). We went to thai street (again) and ordered same dishes with exception for pork satay. Thai pork satay is different than the usual pork satay I’ve eaten. They used turmeric to marinate the meat. It was okay for me. My favorite dishes are still chicken green curry and fried flat noodle.
As soon as we finished eating, we went to clinic to take out T-shirts to sell at the bazaar. We also checked on Champ’s condition. He had seizure this morning and it was pretty bad. The seizure lasted for more than 1 hour! We are really worry about him. My friend told me there might be a problem with his brain, seeing how he is blind, partially deaf, walking very weird and has a crooked tail. Something might be wrong with his neuro-system. The vet was not there so we couldn’t get any update. We went to Saigon Outcast immediately after loading some T-shirts to my car.
There was boho market at Saigon Outcast today. ARC got a table to promote our organization and also fundraising at the same time. I brought the stuffs to our table with a help of one of the staff from Saigon Outcast (thank you very much!). My friends have finished setring ul the table when I arrived. All of our merchandises was displayed on table.
I stayed there until 5.30pm and went home straight. My friends were still there when I left. They were staying until it finished, around 8pm. There was not many visitors coming to the bazaar unfortunately. Felt weird though because most of the time their bazaar was always packed. Wonder what went wrong.
I bought some jewelry from Kat Jewelry. They are one of my favorite shop on bazaar. They only sell silver accesories and mostly have unique design. This flower ring was 220k vnd. Not too bad. And the other one is dreamcatcher earrings. I bought the big one, it was 350k vnd if I’m not mistaken.
And there it goes our Saturday! We were all very tired but at least we enjoyed it. Thank you for reading my Saturday journal. I’m gonna sleep now to get ready for tomorrow. Another busy day for ARC!