I had big plans to blog almost everyday in Germany, but it just didn't happen. My days flew by, and every night was a late night. I just landed in Ottawa last night, so as soon as I get acclimated, I'll share the copious amounts of German meat, brats, and dumplings I ate. Sorry jenny t, couldn't find any steckerlfisch.
My first meal back was at Ox Head Restaurant. Beebs, CK, and I enjoyed a nice Vietnamese lunch here.
To start, CK and I split the fresh shrimp spring rolls. They originally come with shrimp and pork, but we asked them to make them with shrimp only. The peanut sauce they served with these rolls had a nice light taste.
The rolls had boiled shrimp, lettuce, and rice noodles. All of this was wrapped in rice paper.
CK got a cafe sua da while he waited for his food: an awesome Vietnamese iced coffee. Black coffee is drip brewed into a glass with sweetened condensed milk.
When the coffee is done, you mix the two together, and add ice to the drink.
The nice thing about this restaurant is that I know what to order every time: My Tho style seafood with transparent noodle and soup. While I've found their other dishes to be inconsistent, their seafood soup with transparent noodles has never failed me. The broth is more garlicky than their other soups, and there is a nice mix of seafood and meat. The transparent noodle is also a nice change from the regular rice noodles, and is chewier and starchier in texture.
The soup comes with pork, shrimp, mussels, crab, and squid.
CK ordered the usual, soup with rare beef. Their beef noodle soup isn't bad, but their noodles are usually tough, and their beef overcooked.
Beebs also ordered a beef noodle soup. She didn't see the exact combination she wanted on the menu, so she made her own: pho tai sach. This is a beef noodle soup with tripe and rare beef.
For dessert, the three of us split the deep fried banana with vanilla ice cream drizzled with honey.
This is my place of choice for Vietnamese food in the West end. The wait staff here are friendly, and the soups are quick to come out. However, if you order any of the less popular items, it may take longer for you to get your food.
Ox Head Restaurant
790 Kanata Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada