February 15th, 2012 by Jeremiah Ramey – Comments (8)
Valentines Day is over. Chances are you purchased some flowers and chocolates, took your sweetie out to a luxurious meal, and possibly bought some bling as well. Chances are your pockets are lighter too. What to eat and where to go next? How about a change-up for some great Vietnamese food at Hmong Cafe? And, I’ll boast my opinion, quite possibly the best pho I’ve had in the surrounding area.
Stashed away is small little place in a strip on the northwest side of 31st and Garnett. Its next to a gym and behind a Rib Crib. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to most peoples minds simply because of location. I say nonsense. Walking in, a nice low murmur of people talking and eating their lunch happily and the smell of spices in the air. I’m used to this smell as I’ve been coming here for a few years now and still I salivate every time. My hunger immediately skyrockets.
First order of business. Boba tea! Also known as bubble tea. A variety of fruity flavors like watermelon, strawberry, pineapple, etc. And you can get it in slushy, hot, or cold form. What makes boba unique is the tapioca pearls in the bottom of the glass. Accompanied with a wide enough straw for your drink and the pearls, its a fruity and texturally different experience. I suggest slushy. Makes a great companion for spicy food.
Filled with shrimp, rice noodles, veggies, etc and wrapped in rice paper, these spring rolls were about as fresh as I’ve ever had them. And the sauce was quite nice as well. Priced at just $3.
The star of the show was the pho. For those that don’t know, pho is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice noodles and beef with a very rich, beefy broth consisting of allspice, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. The great thing about pho is making the dish to your taste, which they always provide a plate of bean sprouts, limes, cilantro, basil, peppers, and mint. The noodles go in the bowl, the thin delicate strips of raw beef on top, and the hot broth. The broth is so hot, in fact, it cooks the beef from the kitchen to the table. Add in the extras that you want. Add sriracha and hoisin sauce if you like too. Spicy heaven in a bowl.
They also offer seafood and chicken variations of pho as well. A medium bowl, which is HUGE to most, is reasonably priced at just 7$.
11197 East 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
Jeremiah Ramey – www.aleskitchen.com
I’m a home cook with a little professional dabbling experience. A lover of craft beer! And if you don’t know about craft beer, then you will. Effervescent, vivacious, flavorful, and extremely wonderful. Happiness in a bottle….or can. Craft beer is an amazingly diverse and complex drink. Around one hundred different styles of beer in the world and thousands of breweries. A booming industry right now in America! And still, craft beer is deserving of MUCH greater culinary respect than it has been receiving.
I believe there is a beer for everyone and a beer for every delectable dish out there. I believe it stands up to wine just as well and even better in the culinary world. Cooking, pairing, drinking, and education. I hope to bring some useful knowledge into the foodie world concerning great beer with great food. Not everything is about beer, but it sure does make it better. Cheers!