I just came home from a mediocre meal at Hai Ky on East Oltorf. My friend Rae gave the place rave reviews. Me being an Asian food afficianado, I just had to give it a try. Not impressed. I had the Lemongrass Tofu Vermicelli Bowl. The tofu was hard and chewy and I had to add a ton of hot sauce and plum sauce to give it some flavor. My friend had the Beef Pho and loved it. Maybe I need to try a meat option. For some reason I always opt for the veggie option when dining Asian. Maybe it comes from my many years of being a vegetarian. I eat meat now, but fluctuate between being a meat eater and a vegetarian. My own little internal conflict. I will give Hai Ky another try since my friend loves it so much. Maybe another dish would fare better.
I am an Asian food freak. I could eat it every day, especially Thai or Vietnamese. Unfortunately, my partner doesn't share my enthusiasm, so I often find myself dining alone. I'm always seeking out new places to try, but I do have some old favorites that I frequent often. Some of my favorites include the Lemongrass Tofu at Mekong River on Sixth Street. The tofu is cooked to perfection, not fried to a tasteless, chewy pulp. Mmm. I also love the S6 with tofu at Thai Noodle House on the drag. It is a yummy coconut milk curry soup with tofu and crispy veggies. They top it off with a handful of Lays potato chips. I know that sounds weird, but it is delicious. Another favorite is Thai Tara on West Sixth. Their Tom Kha soup is to die for. I also love their basil tofu with egg noodles. If you haven't been to this place, give it a try. It's worth it. How could I forget the wonderful lemongrass tofu sandwich at Lulu B's. Lulu B's is located in a trailer by the Office Depot on Oltorf and South Lamar.
Now that I have a new car and don't have to rely on the bus for transportation, I can branch out and try some of the places in North Austin (South Waco to me). I've already tried Sunflower on 1-83 and Burnet and Thanh Nhi on North Lamar. The basil tofu at Lemongrass was excellent.
Wish me luck on my quest!