Want to eat everything that Cesar is eating during his trip? Do you want to try new cuisines? Then keep reading.
For the ones who don’t know me, I am Cesar’s girlfriend Gizem. While he is traveling solo, I am going to be in NYC working towards my PhD, but I want to have some fun too! So I decided to find every delicious food he eats right here in NYC, so you can stop drooling on your keyboard and go get a taste of South East Asia!
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Also called Pink Noodle Soup, Yen Ta Fo is a popular noodle soup with fried tofu, all sorts of seafood goodies, rice noodles and a pink broth. The broth’s color comes from ketchup or tomato. It is sweet, sour and spicy. It is topped with shrimp, fish balls, calamari, fried tofu and water spinach.
I had to search a bit to find the soup in NYC and found it at Pure Thai Cookhouse. It is called Krabi Seafood Noodles Soup and it comes with a disclaimer: “not recommended for novices – please no returns”. I have to admit, the disclaimer got me worried because even though Cesar and I are both adventurous eaters sometimes he beats me in trying unusual food.
When the soup arrived, I immediately smelled the distinct fishy, spicy broth. The broth was unusual but had a well balanced sweet and sour taste, it did not taste like any other noodle soup I have tried before. The seafood was very yummy, especially the fish balls. At the end of the day I did not return the soup but I can see why some people might. If you don’t do well with fishy tastes and smells, yen ta fo might not be your dish, if you do I can’t recommend it more.
I also asked my waitress whether the soup is local to Krabi as the name on the menu suggests. She said no, the soup is popular everywhere but the seafood is very fresh in Krabi hence the name. The soup is $13 during dinner and $11 during lunch. Also don’t forget to try their thai iced tea if you want a sweet and delicious drink.
See you in another delicious adventure soon! -Gizem