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March
28th

Vietnamese dining: A quick guide for newcomers

Pho soup at Vien Dong, a restaurant that opened in 1989 in the Lincoln neighborhood near Lincoln High School. The neighborhood is a destination for affordable Vietnamese food. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
Pho soup at Vien Dong, a restaurant that opened in 1989 in the Lincoln neighborhood near Lincoln High School. The neighborhood is a destination for affordable Vietnamese food. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

In my dining series exploring the concentration of Vietnamese dining in Tacoma’s Lincoln neighborhood, I write much about how Southeast Asian cuisine is tuned to a hot-sour-salty-sweet symphony. Depending on the dish or the palate of the chef creating it, flavors will broadcast varying degrees of salty-sour or sweet-spicy.  You know you’re in good hands if a dish sings in perfect tune and you can taste each component in harmony.

Say what, again? All that might sound confusing if you’re a Vietnamese dining neophyte. To help those who’ve never sampled the cuisine, I’ve got a quick guide to get you started. Read on. Read more »