On Sunday, 10th February 2013, SABA will be celebrating ‘Tet’ or Vietnamese New Year. 2013 is the Year of the Snake and in Vietnam, having a snake in the house is seen as a good omen – it means that your family will never starve.
Celebrations and traditions in Vietnam mainly revolve around food. With this in mind, SABA has highlighted two of the fantastic recipes from the award-winning ‘SABA: The Cookbook’. Two of the most popular light and healthy Vietnamese dishes available in SABA at lunchtime are:
(i) Xao Hao Lo, €11.95 – this crunchy dish consists of quickly stir fried asparagus, babycorn, cashew nuts and oyster mushrooms to compliment prime Hereford beef.
(ii) Saigon noodles, €11.50 – the ultimate comfort food. The thin, vermicelli noodles feature roasted pork, shredded carrots, spring onions, lemongrass, turmeric and prawns.
SABA is ringing in the Lunar New Year by featuring a delicious noodle soup station every lunch time from Monday 11th until Friday 15th February 2013.
Soups are popular in Vietnam at all times of the day. A meal in itself, there are big steaming bowls of noodle soups on every street corner in Saigon or Hanoi, none more famous than Pho. Considered to be the national dish of Vietnam, soup is popular with locals and French colonists alike. The combination of native herbs and spices with the rich beef stock more common in France makes it a wonderful heart warming dish eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In SABA, you can customise your Pho with an array of condiments which are sure to awaken your palate and tantalise your senses.
Alternatively, kick off the Year of the Snake with the perfect cocktail; a “Dragon’s Tail”, priced at €8.95 will whisk you back in time to colonial Hanoi or Hue. Grapefruit vodka, fresh dragon fruit and lemon juice muddled with crushed ice, the ideal resolution for 2013!