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Healthy Vietnamese Food Options?

I'm going on a date tonight to a Vietnamese restaurant and I have to admit I don't think I've ever eaten Vietnamese cuisine before! Does anyone have any suggestions as to what would be on the lighter/healthier side? I'd really appreciate any help!!

Thu. May 4, 3:40pm

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Vietnamese rolls are lighter and healthier than their american-chinese counterparts - they're not fried and come in thin rice pastry, filled with veggies and usually shrimp.
I also love their hot & sour seafood soup - totally different than chinese - light broth full of veggies, no starch.
You can also get their green papaya salad or any other salad. Many come with grilled meat on top.

Thursday, May 04, 2006, 4:01 PM

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This is one of the BEST diet options!

Fresh rolls, like the poster above said - thin rice wrappers around bean thread noodles or glass noodles, shredded lettuce, mint, sprouts, shrimp. Just go easy on the peanut sauce.

Pho - the Vietnamese noodle soup is a healthy choice.

Bun - big bowls of noodles with chopped lettuce, sprouts, peanuts, mint, meat ir grilled shrimp is healthy but you have to watch the portion (the carbs add up).

Also, there is a great GIANT salad of shredded cabbage topped with a bit of ground peanuts and poached chicken and/or shrimp. Comes with Nuoc __ (something or other) which is a clear sweet/salty sauce (no fat). I usually order the fresh rolls and this salad or a small bowl of pho. You will be full and super duper healthy!

Here's some pics and info on pho (pronounced like foe):

Thursday, May 04, 2006, 4:45 PM

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pho noddle soup should be safe, but might be hard to eat on a date.

Thursday, May 04, 2006, 4:45 PM

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i would also avoid pho, if you're on a strict caloric restrictions, as noodles tend to be lots of empty cals!

Thursday, May 04, 2006, 4:51 PM

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How did it go? I want to hear about the food and the date!

Saturday, May 06, 2006, 4:51 PM

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Grilled vegetables on skewers are a good alternative to traditional barbecued spareribs. Choose a roast, rice or noodles, a simmered dish and or a steamed dish to share among the entire table. Leave off the deep-fried choices, though.


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