The Red Boat Asian Fusion Restaurant
440 N. Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I've been craving for Vietnamese food. My buddy had ordered from this place and he loves it. I had to drive him home the other day to pick up his car and we went to the Red Boat Asian Fusion Restaurant in Glen Burnie. Now, when you hear about Vietnamese food, you probably think of this word "Pho" Pho is a noodle soup made with beef or chicken, but if you ask me beef pho is the best tasting in my opinion.
The place is small and yet simple. What is different is that the menu is on the wall. Now, I am always an advocate for simple. The menu was pretty simple and easy to read.
Now, I wanted to try a little bit of each since my buddy says its a delicious place. MY favorite are the Vietnamese spring rolls. Looking to see how they measure up since I already know how to make them. They were made the same day, very crunchy and flaky and the filling was perfect. Excellent! The 2nd item was the bow that my friend said was delicious. Considering that there was a Chinese influence in Vietnam, the steamed bow was typical of Chinese bow with the filling of pork, egg, bamboo shoots and Chinese sausage. BUT it was frozen, probably microwaved. The 3rd dish I ordered were the duck dumplings with cream cheese. I have to say that the wonton round skin was crunchy and definitely chewy. Never had this type of fried dumpling but it was delicious. Didn't really taste the duck since the cream cheese dominated the flavor. I wanted to try the Vietnamese sub Banh Mi so I ordered the pork marinated with lemongrass, fish sauce and brown sugar. The sub was filled with pickled carrots, cucumber. It was simply delicious. I actually tasted the lemon grass.
The presentation was simple but perfect. Your not going to get a typical dining experience as this place is designed for quick take out and so very simple, in delivery. I only wish they had more selection but what they offer was fantastic. Their success as resulted in a chain of the Red Boat, so they hit the right formula of quick eats, simple but tasty and a reasonable price.
This is a very good restaurant and I wouldn't mind going back for more.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I give this place a "5".
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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