One of my favorite pastimes is eating, especially when I’m doing so in the presence of good company. Those who know me know that I love food. Not much makes me happier than a well-prepared meal using quality ingredients. I’m constantly looking up new places to eat, whether near home or while traveling. Some days I prefer comfort food staples, and other days I’m hungering for something more exotic. Himalayan, Burmese, Ethiopian—I love them all. Well, I love them all unless there is a lot of cilantro, then perhaps I’ll pass if I can’t pick most of it out of the dish. I’ve learned to tolerate cilantro in Mexican food, but too much of it and I default to icky-face mode.
I introduced a few dear friends of mine to a Vietnamese dish called nem nướng for lunch today. For those of you who are familiar with Vietnamese spring rolls, this is a roll-your-own version with charbroiled pork sausage skewers. We began with an appetizer called bánh bột lọc, which are clear shrimp and pork dumplings steamed in banana leaves. I love dunking them in my mom’s dipping sauce. She makes the best, hands down.
Lunch was a success and we all enjoyed ourselves. We finished off with these amazingly creamy honeydew popsicles. Paul liked them so much he had two and we sent him home with extras for his family. I’m so glad my friends love food as much as I do. 🙂