Grilled Pork Bun at MAMA Asian Noodle Bar
What makes up bun thit -- or as its called at MAMA, "grilled pork noodle?" Well, it starts with rice vermicelli noodles layered on top of a bed of bean sprouts, carrots, and lettuce. On top of that goes warm slices of freshly grilled pork loin marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce. It's dressed with peanuts and layered with nuoc cham, another kind of tangy Vietnamese dipping sauce. It may sound like a lot of ingredients, but bun thit actually has a very simple, fresh flavor. The result is an interplay between many separate elements, a balance of sweet and savory, crunchy and soft, spicy and soothing.
|MAMA's vegetable samosas with Thai dipping sauce.|
Most of MAMA's menu reads like entry level pan-Asian, with some easy Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese dishes that eschew proper terminology in favor of easier to understand English names. But the flavors -- at least of what I've tried so far -- have been pretty authentic. It's shaping up to be my favorite restaurant in the newly constructed Promenade, a sort of outdoor shopping mall with fashion stores and mostly chain eateries.
More on MAMA in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy the bun.
MAMA Asian Noodle Bar
4437 Lyons Rd., ste. E-108, Coconut Creek 33073