October 9, 2004
Friday, October 8
This evening we went out to our favorite local Thai restaurant in town for dinner. It seems that I'd always go back to one of my same regular dishes (curries or larb salad), but they had changed their menu a bit and introduced a dozen of new dishes, so I had to try one of them - noodle soup. I ordered it hot, and it turned out to be seriously hot; I think I have relatively higher tolerance for spicy heat, but it was fiercely hot. Plus, there was a huge pile of cilantro, which I promptly removed from the bowl, but the whole soup and noodle smelled and tasted like coriander... mmmm... I had vaguely expected that the soup might be smelly with cilantro, but it turned out to be worse. Oh well, even so, I managed to finish the noodle and it was, somehow, tasting good.
And here comes the dessert, the spotlight of the day - ice cream of your choice with tapioca in sweet coconut milk sauce. A few months back I posted a story and a picture of this dessert, and ever since then I would always choose ginger ice cream. Today I felt a wee bit adventurous and tried something new, the thing I had always wondered about: pohaberry.
I don't think I ever heard of pohaberry anywhere but this very Thai restaurant. We didn't have any idea or whatsoever as to what kind of berry it is. Then our dessert arrived. We were totally puzzled at the sight of it - where are the berries? Well, the small yellow flakes must have been it. (The red ones are strawberries as a decoration, obviously.)
Since they were so small pieces we couldn't taste it very well, but we thought it tasted a sort of like peach. We were now even more puzzled, but finished it anyways. It tasted good.
And when we got home, I searched on the net for the mystery "berry" and figured out that pohaberry might possibly be, or something similar to, physalis pruinosa, aka ground cherry, husk tomato, tomatillo, cape gooseberry, or something like it. Interesting learning.
posted by chika at: 10/09/2004 09:39:00 AM