Best Vietnamese Restaurant Houston 2013 - Jasmine Asian Cuisine
It's called Jasmine Asian Cuisine, and indeed the menu offers a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese options. Get Peking spareribs or toasted salted calamari for your Chinese fix, but save room for Vietnamese food, which is the real star at this restaurant. Maybe you'll want to order the bo nuong vi, strips of beef marinated in lemongrass and spices, which are meant to be barbecued at the table. Maybe you'll try their bo 7 mon, seven dishes of beef that progress from an appetizer salad to more hearty fare, like their bo la lot (betel leaf wrapped beef) or their cha dum (beef meatball). Or perhaps you'll want to try their ca 8 mon (fish eight ways), again a smorgasbord of eight different fish dishes. Whatever you do, don't forget to put in an order for the whole grilled crispy catfish, which takes time to prepare. The impressive, crispy-skinned whole fish comes to the table with maraschino cherry eyes, topped with peanuts and herbs. The fish is pre-scored so that all you have to do is separate it with a spoon and combine it with the vegetables of your choice before hand-rolling it inside a rice-paper shell. The pungent pineapple-shrimp paste dipping sauce is the finishing touch to this delectable dish. It's Vietnamese cuisine at its finest.