I know I've been MIA, but between working 40-50 hours aweek and doing on-line classes full time, haven't had much lesiure time to myself. This includes hardly going out, part in due to saving costs and being too exhausted after a 16+ hour day.
Being sick a few days ago, I'm a firm believer in soups as cures or assisting tremendously in curing a cold. One of those soups are a Vietnamese concoction of Pho. Broth with rice noodles, and various meat products and vegetables. Of course I like this on those cold winter days as well.
However for the last two years, I've had to exclude my boyfriend who is a staunch vegeterian from exploring this fine Asian cuisine and most of their food is cow. As a Hindu, this is a no, no for him, although I can eat chicken and fish in his presence.
Several months ago L.A. Times had a list of niche restaruants and among them was this Vietnamese restaraunt that claimed to serve Vietnamese cuisine solely made of vegeterian products. Of course I was skeptical, but a couple days ago, I told my boyfriend to be ready when I picked him up as we were going to have Vietnamese food.
As I've come to realize upon my move to L.A., most "ethnic" ethnic foods are situated in the communities that have formed from immigrants coming to this country from their origin. So this meant heading in to Little Saigon, namely the City of Westminster.
For all my readers who are vegeterians, dating vegeterians, fans of Vietnamese food. This drive was worth it. For my Westside readers, I would recomend this as a weekend as we know how the lovely 405 can be.
On Beach blvd as you cross McFadden ave, in a strip mall (though that seems to be the description of most restaurants here) you will find a lovely restaurant who ambiance as ethnic yet elegant (boyfriend yells from the kitchen) and serene. The name is, Bo De Tinh Tam Chay.
The menu was quite thick and contain 100+ dishes of Vietanemese cuisine made from only vegeterian products such as tofu, eggplant, rice flour. Our waiter spoke great English (sorry, but most of the authenic ethnic restaurants, though great food, not always great service). He encouraged us to try something new as appetizers, as he saw were going to order the standard spring rolls. We got a omlete looking thing(made with rice flour) that was stuffed with bean sprouts which we wrapped lettuce leaves, basil, spearmint leaves around and dipped in spicy sauce. Yummy. I of course tried the Pho, "chicken" flavored and was pleasantly surprised. There was a "meat" ball in the soup make of tofu, that really tasted like the real thing. My boyfriend got "fish" soup with rice. If any of my readers are sushi fans the "fish" reminded me of unagi wrapped in seaweed in a sweet broth served with vegetables. The prices are also reasonable.
So as the weather comes ever so close to changing, or you want you take a trip for some good food. Head here and you won't be disappointed.