Beat the season’s heat with yummy foodA La Carte
July 29, 2018
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: FILE PHOTOS
On the hottest days of summer, most of us instinctively reach for frosty beverages, believing they will help us cool down fast. But researchers in human kinetics have determined that a hot drink on a sweltering day is the quickest, most efficient way to lower one’s body temperature.
That’s why summer is the perfect season for a giant bowl of Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe’s Oxtail Pho ($15.95).
“We make it with peanuts, onions, mushrooms, won bok, carrots, and other vegetables that cook with the oxtail,” says owner Tiffany Ko. “We cook it for a couple hours and then add chopped ginger with a special shoyu from Hong Kong.”
Guests who prefer to cool off with a vegetarian dish will be thrilled to hear that this creative “two-in-one” eatery offers Jai (Buddha’s Delight), the traditional Chinese New Year dish, all year long. Diners can get their jai fix for just $10.25 (served with rice) or $10.75 for an a la carte order (larger portion). This home-style dish includes glass noodles, bean curd, carrots, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage and more. “We never stop making jai,” says Ko with a chuckle. “I would try and stop, but cannot. I still have customers who order it every day.”
A plate that might have been designed with a hungry, sun-kissed surfer in mind is Local Boy ($12.95), which presents a trio of proteins, each one an island favorite — char siu pork, teriyaki steak, and boneless, skinless honey garlic chicken.
“Local people like it,” says Ko. “It’s a big plate of all their favorites.” The plate includes rice and mac salad, or green salad for a small additional fee.
Finally, Salt and Pepper Pork Chop ($12.95) is a piquant, savory delight, marinated overnight in jalapeno, salt and pepper. The dish simply is porktastic!