Lunch 8/25/22

Crab fried rice

On the days I go into the office, I order takeout. I work in Lowell, which has a substantial Asian immigrant population, so there are a ton of Asian places to choose from. One that my officemates and I order from occasionally is a place called Wee Thai Food. I usually order the Drunken Noodle, which they make very spicy, but I wasn’t in the mood for spicy, so I tried their crab fried rice instead. Good choice on my part. It was quite satisfying, as a good rice dish should be, but not heavy or greasy like your standard takeout pork fried rice. A few big bits of crab meat on top, and smaller bits throughout gave it an excellent seafood flavor. In all honesty, a lot of the Asian takeouts are not all that great, but Wee Thai really excels.

Lunch 7/29/21

Saigon-style banh mi

Saigon Sandiwch House in Lowell is just a few blocks from my office, so we get lunch from there somewhat regularly. Their specialty is their banh mi, and this is their “Saigon combo”, which is the standard traditional banh mi with ham, pork, pate, daikon, carrot, jalapenos and cilantro. For me, it’s the Platonic ideal of a banh mi, and they make a really good one. You have to have that super-crispy exterior on the baguette to get it right, but the interior of the bread can’t be dried out. I’ve had other banh mi where they just used stale sub rolls, and those suck. Or even worse, super soft rolls like you get at a Subway. ::shudder::