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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Mekong Cafe (a short review)

About a week ago I had lunch at the new Mekong Cafe. It's located in the old Taco Trio on the east side of Second Street, just a few doors south of South Grand. Every time I go by there and see the sign, I wonder if the fellow that runs the place named it Mekong Cafe to appeal to people from my generation who grew up hearing about the Mekong Delta in the news. Probably not.

I had a chicken stir fry. The vegetables were very good. The white rice was okay. The chicken was much too dry. Given a choice of mild, medium or hot sauce, I chose the medium. It was extremely hot. And, that's saying something since I'm used to pretty hot and spicy food. The quantity was massive - enough for at least two people - and I couldn't finish half of it.

I also had the Vietnamese egg rolls. The egg rolls were about half the size of egg rolls usually served in Chinese restaurants. I don't know what was in them, but they were fresh and wonderful. If for nothing else, I would go back for the egg rolls.

Since I was pressed for time, I got the food to go (and furnished my own drink back at my desk). So, I didn't pay much attention to the decor. But, it was somewhat reminiscent of what I recall about Taco Trio with a Vietnamese flair. Price-wise, two people could eat for about $10.00.

Semi-related: I just updated Look Back Springfield with a list of former and present dining establishments along South Grand. (The South Grand dining corridor.)

Posted by Marie at December 26, 2007 8:42 PM


Wasn't the Mekong Cafe the name of the eating arrangements at the Hanoi Hilton?

Posted by: Anonymous Communist at December 27, 2007 12:51 PM

Googling "Hanoi Hilton" plus "Mekong Cafe," or "Mekong Cafe" plus POWS, yields nada -- even in the book search. But Googling "Mekong Cafe" by itself turns up lots of hits; it's a popular restaurant name.

Mekong River trivia, remembered from my days as a river-trivia nut: It's one of the longest rivers in Asia, which is saying something. Its source is in Tibet, and it flows through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia before it gets to Vietnam.

Posted by: Dan at December 28, 2007 2:36 AM