I think we all could use a little comfort food right now. Tensions are high, and in my family when that happens, we need take-out.
My comfort food of choice is Pho DK Noodle. While known in Modesto for their Pho, they actually have a second all vegan menu. It’s comprised of traditional Vietnamese dishes, made vegan! Dishes such as; stir frys, salads, and noodle-based entrees, and of course, soup!
For my election selection, I chose; “Thai Style” Deep Fried Tofu, Crispy Green Bean Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables, and Vegetable Potstickers.
I am a fan of fried tofu, sautéed tofu, raw tofu, I’m a tofu lady! DK’s Thai Style Deep Fried Tofu is cubed into even-sized blocks, deep-fried, and topped with a sweet chili sauce. It is spicy, but the level of sweetness balances the sauce so it’s tame enough for even my palate.
Green Bean Noodles, also known as “Glass Noodles”, or Chinese Vemicelli, are made from starch instead of flour (hello Gluten Free!). The startch can come from potatoes, tapioca, mung bean, etc. For this dish, DK fries Green Bean Noodles, and serves them separately alongside a hot stir fry of vegetables, in a steaming and flavorful sauce. The sauce is so rich and bold in flavor, I’m sure it’s a homemade recipe! When ready to serve, the Stir Fry tops the noodles, and they begin to soften and absorb the flavor of the sauce. Giving Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle and Pop, a run for their money, the noodles make popping sounds as they begin to “cook” under the hot Stir Fry.
Potstickers are always the star of the show. Thick dough, delicately wrapped around a mix of vegetables and seasonings, then pan-fried and steamed to perfection. The vegetables in these potstickers are a combination of soft sautéed cruciferous, crunchy beans, and crispy slivers of root vegetables. Delicious with or without a dipping sauce, these are an obvious staple addition to any meal I order from DK.
Not pictured is the Tofu Bahn Mi I ordered to devour for lunch today. For just over $5, I can’t help but grab one, even if it’s not on my dinner menu.
You can find DK Noodle in the Walmart Parking lot off Mchenry Ave, or order from them using Grub-Hub or DoorDash. They routinely offer specials that don’t leave our plant based guests, so I encourage following them on social media!