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12 San Diego Uptown News | Aug. 5–18, 2011


DINING


Appetizers at Pink Noodle. Photography by Frank Sabatini Jr.


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we zeroed in on some of the new dishes, beginning with “krisy crabs,” an amusing typo for “krispy,” admitted Caughron. The crab meat combines with a dash of cream cheese hidden within feather-light flutes of fried rice paper. The menu mentions corn and onions in the filling, but we couldn’t detect them. Nonetheless, we polished them off with gusto.


Another appetizer, ko ko shrimp, features the common coconut batter seen often in American-Polynesian restau- rants, except this isn’t as greasy


or overly cloying. Consider it a perfect primer for launching into some of the spicier dishes that rank safely as “3s” on a scale of 10. An order of thom yum goong soup proved the mild- est dish, marked by a star for “spicy.” Lemon grass plays prominently in this clean, soothing chicken broth that’s stocked with meaty shrimp and perfectly cooked vegetables. On hot days, it’s a fine alterna- tive to the much heavier thom kha kai spiked with coconut milk. You’ll be remiss if you ignore the new signature dish, titled Pink Lady, a rendition of the traditional Thai dish known as


Mi Ga Ti. The rice noodles are as thin as angel hair, the curry sauce incorporates a silky peanut flavor, and the noodles, dyed pink from the juice of purple carrots and beets, are tossed with ultra-tender chicken, cubed tofu, scallions and crispy bean sprouts. Coconut milk adds a luxurious creamy finish and fools you into thinking that dairy is involved.


My companion opted for kra-


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pow, which at first bite resembled kung pao chicken. The differ- ence, however, is the upsurge of herbs and sweet-tasting chili sauce as you fork through. The spice level is milder than the Pink Lady, just enough to tickle the nose rather than inflame the taste buds. From the revamped cocktail list, a signature martini, blend- ing Han Vodka with lychee and raspberry purée, strikes an elegant pink hue—thus the name “Pink Princess.” Like the French Kiss, which combines pineapple and cranberry juices, the alcohol is disguised by the fruits’ thirst-quenching flavors. Both cocktails are tailor-made for the dog days of August. Generous meal portions made it impossible to try the FBI (fried bananas with ice cream), although we did manage to slurp down a few tablespoons of icy, homemade mango and coconut ice cream, each with judicious measures of sugar. It was the perfect end to our visit and we left with refreshed palates, floating on a pink cloud.u


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