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The holiday season is in full swing. Friday the worst of all days was crazy! Traffic, accidents, fender bender, daring drivers taking risks, strange looks from drivers when you made a correct turn or being cutoff. It stressful out there.
Hmmm, how do I relax, I went to visit the Asian Café in Fallston, MD. The owner is Dan and he always has a friendly disposition. He has pictures of various popular dishes and one stood out. "Vietnamese Beef Pho." I don't know about you guys but a nice hot soup, soothes my nerves and stress and Pho should hit the spot. I sat in one of his booths and Dan brought the Pho to me. Pho is the national soup of Vietnam. It's a delicious beef stock with various spices like cinnamon, lemon grass, beef stock, anise, a tad of nutmeg, fish sauce and cane sugar all combined to create a delicious soup broth that simply amazing. Then there is thin flat rice noodles with some cilantro, thai basil that is very aromatic and distinct flavor, slices of jalapeno bean sprouts for that crunch and slices of lime. The condiments that can be added is Hoisin sauce and sriracha hot sauce.
The aromatic broth was so relaxing, I enjoyed this meal in peace and quiet.
It was so delicious that I have to come back again and try the Thai Basil Shrimp or the chicken curry.
Out of all the Chinese take out restaurant, Dan's Asian Café, crosses the boundaries of introducing other Asian dishes than the typical chow mein or General Chicken.
You must try this place. and tell them Chef Woo San sent you. His place is for curious palates!
Rating on scale of 1-5, 5 being the best. I give Asian Café a "5." And I didn't forget about who makes the best fried rice. Still working on that but with all the holiday lunches and trying to be disciplined, I have to be very careful of those carbs.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com