Chinese

Detroit: Flowers of Vietnam

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Pretty bold, Chef George, bringing Vietnamese food to Mexicantown. It works though and it is so good! What started as a pop-up, Flowers of Vietnam is now serving dinner on the weekends at Vernor Coney Island on Clark St. George saw an opportunity to bring some diversity to Detroit with FOV. There’s no question why Thrillist voted George “Best Chef of 2016.” FOV is dishing out authentic Vietnamese grub with colorful and exotic flavors. They offer Vietnamese coffee, Mexican coke, tea, booze, and desserts as well. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Ginger Beer cocktail: Refreshing, spicy, and sweet.

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Co’m Tam: Crispy rice, grilled pork chop, Chinese sausage, sugarcane shrimp, sunny side egg. My favorite selection on this flavorful “sampler” was the Chinese sausage. It reminded me of a thinly sliced, cured, sweet, dried sausage and it was delicious. The pork chop was tender, thin, and caramelized from being grilled. I loved breaking the yolk of the egg and mixing it up with the crispy rice and fresh pickled veggies. The shrimp was buttery and succulent . It was amazing how each item on the plate had it’s own flavor, but also came together so beautifully.

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Bo Kho: Braised beef, carrot, Mexicantown Bakery banh mi, Thai basil, Vietnamese black pepper. One of the most tender, fall apart in your mouth pieces of meat I have ever tasted. The sauce was slightly salty, but delicious enough that I found myself sopping it up with the fresh, soft bread. The carrots were sweet, tender, and complimented the fresh Thai basil.

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Suron Ram Man: Caramelized rib tips, broke rice, sesame, scallion. Wow! The meat was tender with a thick, sticky sauce. The scallion was simple, but added enough freshness to balance the tacky, rich rib tips.

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Vietnamese newspapers covered the windows, Hip Hop music played, and on the left side was the dining room, and the right side was the kitchen and counter. The food was awesome and the service was great. It was such a cool, hip vibe and everyone was having an awesome time. This was the first time I had ever eaten Vietnamese food so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was exploding with flavor, but at the same time, was so simple. If you haven’t been here, make it your priority and go!

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Leftover Love

Have you ever thought of a way to spice up boring leftovers? Me, too. So, I thought I’d share my leftover makeover with you. Enjoy!

On the Bite Tonight: Leftover Ham

Whenever I cook a baked ham or spiral ham I love making fried rice with the leftovers. It’s little tedious, but it’s so worth it.

Here’s the recipe: 

Prepare 1-2 cups of rice per package directions. Set aside to cool (spread out on a plate).

Dice fresh veggies. My favorites are scallions (green onions), carrots, peas (no need to dice), white onion. 

Tip: Pineapple is a good option as well. Pairs well with the ham.

Dice ham. The thicker the cut the better for nice ham chunks.

Scramble three eggs and set aside.

Saute ham and veggies for a couple minutes in butter.

Add rice and eggs and 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce allow to brown for a couple minutes.

Stir all ingredients together until rice takes on brown color from sauce. Add more sauce as desired.

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What goes well with Ham Fried Rice?

Teriyaki Burger, of course! I know what you’re thinking and Yes, it’s not a ham burger, but still delicious nonetheless (Hey, it’s already leftover ham, let’s not over do it)! A little, American meets Asian, if you will 

Marinate hamburger patty in a little teriyaki sauce and garlic.

Cook as desired and add a dash of teriyaki while grilling to add a nice crusty, caramelization.

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I first fell in love with ham fried rice @ Cathay House Chinese restaurant in high school. You might think it’s a weird combination, but in my opinion, it’s the best fried rice out there. Good thing Cathay House just re-opened after a fire. Stop in @ the Lincoln Park location and try it out.

Another go to leftover ham idea is Grilled Cheese. I love it, because the possibilities are endless.

I sauteed ham first to get a little color on it. Then grilled with Muenster cheese and pickles. Yum!

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Tip: With Easter right around the corner, these recipes are a great go to!  Try em and let me know what you think. You’re welcome.

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