As we dine…

Wendy and I continue to enjoy the many different types of restaurants around us, north of the city. We were talking last night and realized that a few of our favorites are no more than 5 miles away from where we live.

Those favorites are pretty varied… From the Spaghetti with Mizithra and Browned Butter at Old Spaghetti Factory to the overwhelming variety of food at the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant, or the restaurant that has quickly become one of our very favorites, Song Phung Vietnamese Restaurant.

Wendy and I dined there last night and finally gave in to the owner’s gentle insistence that we try Lao De — Goat Soup. We had some misgivings about eating Goat, but because we’ve never had anything that wasn’t excellent at the restaurant, and we trust the owner, we decided to give it a try.

We’re quite glad we did! A giant bowl, looking a bit like an angel food cake pan with Sterno at the bottom was brought out, along with a plate full of cooked noodles, and a giant plate filled to overflowing with fresh green vegetables. We were instructed to put the vegetables into the boiling (!) soup and let them cook for a few minutes.

The resulting broth was thick and very strongly flavored. The goat meat was tender and rich, and the entire experience was exceedingly pleasant. I would eat it again, but we’d probably take more than just the two of us — it’s a BIG bowl!

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