Summer Rolls

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Residents of Philly may not know this however they are spoiled by Vietnamese cuisine. Pho Ha is located between 6th and Washington Avenue in the heart of the Vietnamese District. My love introduced me to this location. For appetizers, we started out with summer rolls. Summer rolls are made with shrimp, rice stick noodles, rice paper wrappers, bean sprouts, mint leaves, basil leaves, cilantro sprigs, Serrano chillies, English cucumber, scallions, and Bibb lettuce leaves.

As for the peanut sauce, its a different story. Peanut butter, water, hoison sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, chile-garlic paste, garlic and sesame oil.

Last night

Last night, my love and I walked 13 blocks in search for dessert. To our surprise, everything was closed around 9pm! On a Tuesday night, we were surprised we could not even enter a cafe!

We walked all the way to the Italian market from South Street…still nothing. My love kept saying I would urge to go further and everything would still be closed. I kept trusting my intuition and found an interesting small location.

I noticed a lady sitting inside and listening to music. I asked if the location was open and she responded as long as she is there. I noticed from the outside, the time of closing said 9pm. The time was 10:30pm.

We were in luck…the second question was more challenging. What to order?

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The lady was the owner and we spoke back and forth for suggestions. Within a few minutes, my love and I ordered dark almond chocolate crepe, guava strawberry lassi and vanilla honey lavender lassi. They crepe and food were delicious. Shout out to Lisa for taking care of us!  😀

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Garden of Veggies

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Do you grow your own garden of veggies?  I was surprised to find out Home Depot has a section where you can buy veggies like onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and more.  On the other side of the aisle, there were herbs.  These herbs include bay leaves, thyme, mint, parsley, cilantro, and more.  What are your garden plans?

Craving for spicy flavors

Located in the heart of Chinatown, you will find the atmosphere warm.  Big windows allows you to see the busy streets, LCD television displays the latest kpop groups performances to Korean dramas filled with surprise endings. 

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To start of with appetizer, I had a particular craving for seafood and veggies.  Hence I ordered the Korean style pancake filled with scallions and squid.  I dipped the dish in sriracha sauce….my palate urges for the spicy after kick.  I love how banchan (side dishes) complements the Korean style pancake.  A few of the banchan dishes were kimchee (spicy cabbage), sweet beans, and pickles.

To be continued…