Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hu's on First - Gluten Free Options

Nabeel and I went to Hu's on First for lunch on Eid. It is one of my favourite restaurants in Winnipeg and guess what? Yes they have two or more gluten free options in appetizers and entrée. I was introduced to it by my best friend who has moved to Toronto. Hu's on First is an Asian Bistro in the midst of Winnipeg down town near waterfront. Every time I go there, I am reminded of wooden verandas in Pakistan. The red and orange shades of light contrasts the warm tones of the wooden-bamboo décor. The atmosphere vary from quite romantic dinners to loud family gatherings.

Anyway, back to the most important question. What did I eat? We ordered Shrimp and Mango Summer Rolls. The rice paper rolls were filled with rice vermicelli tangy-sweet mango, crispy fresh cucumber, shrimp cooked well and basil that just added the depth to the taste. It was served with two different sauces; Nouc Cham and Peanut sauce. We are all familiar of peanut sauce, which is lightly spicy and sweet at Hu's. Nouc Cham was my first Vietnamese dipping sauce which is made up of fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and water. Now we all know that most Asian cuisine strive to hit a balance in their taste. This sauce was a little towards the vinegar side. I would like a little more sweet but it still worked well with the rolls.

I ordered my favourite Lemongrass Shrimp with Jasmine Rice for my main course. Hu's on First, serves julliane vegetables in their dishes which adds texture and helps the sauce to envelope vegetables like red onions, carrots, bamboo shoots and sugar snap peas . The lemongrass and spices enhance the shrimps and brings the dish together. This dish hits a balance of all sweet, sour, spicy and salty. It is very enjoyable for my pallete however maybe spicy for some. I accompanied it with a little bit ( A-lot-a-bit) of Siracha.

Plan a nice lunch or dinner with family or friends and enjoy something spicy. Here is the menu for you to choose from before you even go there. Enjoy!



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