Monday, May 23, 2011

Salted Duck Egg and Rhubarb Drinking Vinegar: Ping

Yam Khai Khem: the new egg in town 

I am not a vinegary person, I am an olive oily person. That being said, I am now a changed (drinking vinegar) person per Ping, a Southeast Asian style drinking food restaurant in Old Town although I was initially scared when my lunch buddy, Leslie, insisted we order a round with our mid day meal.
But I couldn't wuss out in front a food writer from the Oregonian.  

It turns out drinking vinegars were made for me: not too sweet - allowing the true fruit flavors to shine, with plenty of carbonated water for 200% refreshment - especially when parched by way of a yam khai khem, the house salted duck egg with chilies, cilantro fish sauce, shallots, ginger, Chinese celery and cilantro. And especially when the drinking vinegars are made with rhubarb and raspberry.  

The salapao, a thai style steamed bun stuffed with sweet shredded pork and topped with fried shallots was also on the ladies-who-lunch menu. Delicious. 

Bun Master

I don't always eat meat, but when I do, I like it shredded. And stuffed into a soft carbohydrate. 

It seemed every other person lunching at Ping was munching on yam yais: a thai style green leaf lettuce adorned with peanuts, shrimp, shredded chicken, tofu, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, and bean sprouts laced in a tangy peanut dressing. It could have been because this was the warmest days of the year (hitting 71 degrees). This salad was refreshing and nutritious. Something I could eat every 70+ degree day.

In addition to dining with @lesliecole1, I also sat by this dude. If that's not #winning I don't know what is. 

I am excited to return to Ping. Most likely for happy hour and a cocktail spiked drinking vinegar. The rhubarb drinking vinegar, just recently introduced to the menu, is seasonal. Get it while it's (not) hot!

102 NW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209


Kung Food Panda said...

I too am a fan of drinking vinegar. I buy it from a local Korean supermarket. Add the concentrate, water, ice. It's a winning (and cheap) combination!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

wow i've never heard of drinking vinegar sounds so interesting especially with the carbonated water and syrups. Portland looks like such an incredible dining destination must visit soon!

Gastronomer said...

Whoa! Vern was recently sipping passion fruit vinegar at artisanal la! This sounds up his alley.

Banana Wonder said...

Dannu - I might just have to make a stop in K town when I'm back in a LA in a few weeks. Thanks for the #HotTip

Natassia - Really? I assumed they were all over LA since I left... you must try and you MUST come visit!

Cathy - Another reason to come visit :-)

mary said...

yum! Ping is one of my favorite places in the city. The mustard greens and duck over rice noodles? Serious winning.

Lenia said...

Great post,nice photos!A kiss from Greece,honey!

Ivy said...

Very interesting. I've never tried raspberry or rhubarb vinegar before but I guess raspberry must have some sweetness.

Banana Wonder said...

mary - Cool, glad to know you approve. I can't wait to go back for some HH!

Lenia - Efxaristw!

Ivy - These are not vinegars you'd put on your salad as they are made specifically for drinking... much less acidity. Thank go or else I wouldn't have any teeth left.

Nathan Hazard said...

Yum! I want that bun and vinegar! August?? ;)

Helen said...

Oh, I like the sound of this restaurant. Shredded pork in a soft carb sounds delicious to me too! And that yam yais salad is perfect for the heat wave weather we'll be having around here soon.
Funny you mention drinking vinegar. Every morning I wake up and drink hot water with a teaspoon/tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, depending on my tolerance. It's nasty stuff but it does wonders for my insides. At least that's what the health gurus say :)

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - You are a trend setter with your drinking elixir vinegars :-) Do you follow the hot vinegar up with coffee? Spartan stomach!