Monday, June 15, 2015

SEA- South East Asian Restaurant, Rochester, NY

I have not been very food motivated lately.  I think it because I am transitioning from baking with flour to an all new lifestyle, at least for myself of gluten free and LOW sugar.  With that said,  I need to bake when the weather cools a little as my kids are begging for some baked treats.  Like some nice muffins for a quick- grab and run kind of thing.

Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness- Pho.
Until I get busy in the kitchen I will share with you a recent restaurant visit.  My husband and I went out for a nice date the other night.  We went to SEA (South East Asian) in the Mt Hope Plaza.  There is another one at the Monroe Avenue location.  Their specialty is Pho!  I love Pho.  I have had some experience with it as you can see in this post when I made it.  See above.

I ordered a small bowl of Tom Yum. It had great flavors.  A perfect amount of spicy heat to make it warming without being overly so that your lips feel burnt.
I also ordered Masauman Curry.  I really enjoyed this entrée.  Very tasty with all kinds of textures.  The only thing I would have liked to see is a bit more peanuts.  I barely saw the peanuts. Also some cilantro would have helped make this dish more fresh looking and upped the flavor quotient.

My husband, being a little unclear on the food choices, thought the Pho was a starter soup and ended up ordering two entrée.  But hey, that is no problem for my husband because he can down an entrée single handedly.  He ordered the Evil Jungle Prince.  For the second entrée he ordered Rare Beef Pho.  I tasted both.  The pho was wonderfully flavored.  I really enjoyed it. Smooth and comforting.  It is a very filling meal with lots of perfectly cooked beef and a nice helping of noodles.
The Evil Jungle Prince was, eh, okay.  It had huge chunks of what I think were bamboo shoots in it which I am not especially fond of.  They kind of have these bitter notes.  I usually soak them in boiling water before I use them in whatever Asian style dish I am making.  The flavor of this dish was kind of low key other than the heat.  I totally think it would have been better with some more garlic.  A bit more coconut might have been helpful too.A bit of cilantro...

I really wanted to try the Durian Bubble Tea.  Unfortunately, they had run out of that one.

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All in all it was a pretty good experience.  Best thing on the menu- The Pho.  Wonderfully flavored!

Two Locations (not all entrees are available at the Monroe restaurant)

1675 Mt Hope Ave
Rochester, NY
(585) 461-4154

741 Monroe Ave
Rochester, NY
(585) 473-8031


Colette Joseph said...

Really? You would try durian?
Well, I can't say I'm not curious, but from what I have
heard, I doubt I'll ever have the guts to try it.
Go for you, Lori!

Lori said...

Ah hem, Colette, what have you heard? You totally have piqued my curiosity.

Lori said...

SO I googled it. I think I would still try it in the Bubble tea but with much trepidation. Stinky fruit...

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