Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Location: Florida Street Cafe, 710 Florida Street
To kick off the Lunar New Year celebrations, we’re throwing a mess-hall slash indoor beer garden inspired by Vietnam streetside bars. (Bia = beer in Vietnamese.)
The menu consists of items that bring good luck in the new year — such as Ham Sui Gok, fried mochi dumplings stuffed with pork and shrimp, and Vietnamese Imperial Rolls. Since they look like ancient money, they’re eaten to bring in more bucks.
Our beer list will contain our favorite local and imported brews. A-la Vietnam, we’re offering beers by-the-bucket so you don’t even have to get off your little red stools to get another cold one. Boom.
(v) vegetarian (vg) vegan (g) gluten-free
Taro Chips (v) - $5
Cha Gio - Imperial Rolls (g)- $7
fried rice paper rolls with shrimp, pork, cabbage and taro. served with lettuce, herbs and nuoc cham.
Long in shape, these rolls are like gold bars. Wealth in the new year!
Ham Sui Gok - Fried Mochi Dumplings - $8
filled with ground pork and shrimp
Since they look like ancient Chinese money, you eat them for wealth in the new year.
Banh Chung - Tet Sticky Rice Cake - $6
sticky rice with ground pork and mung beans, steamed in banana leaves
The filling resembles the different layers of the earth - a humble representation of the earth we live in.
Buddha’s Delight (vg) - $8
cellophane noodle stir-fry with tofu, shitakke mushrooms, woodear mushrooms, lily buds and roasted ginko nuts
A vegetarian meal is often eaten to counterbalance to the richness of the new year festivities.
Pho Ga - Chicken Pho - $12
fresh rice noodles in housemade chicken broth, served with poached chicken. served with shaved onions, scallions, jalapenos, culantro and limes.
The broth is made from whole chickens, giving rise to prosperity, family, and joy. Fresh rice noodles symbolize long life!
Thit Heo Kho - Caramelized Pork and Egg Rice Plate - $11
spareribs braised in star anise, coconut water and fish sauce, served with a soft egg and broken rice
This classic Vietnamese New Year dish, represents family with whole eggs, symbols of life and fertility.
Dan Tat - Chinese Egg Tarts - $3
sweet egg custard tarts
Whole eggs, the symbolism of life, shine through these tartlets.