Louisville Medicine Volume 67, Issue 9 - Page 11

RESTAURANT REVIEW cluding a Brussels and black kale miso Caesar salad, sweet & spicy cauliflower, and papaya salad with grilled shrimp, and these did not disappoint. A shallot garlic crisp topped halved, warm Brussels sprouts on a chiffonade of kale with romaine, under a Caesar-style dressing incorporating ginger and miso. Creamy cauliflower was tucked inside a golden crackling shell and delivered on a bed of sweet heat. Our crowd loved this each time! The green papaya salad with julienned green beans arrived with medium-sized grilled shrimp, a shower of pickled red onion, thinly sliced peppers, chopped peanuts and Thai basil tucked in a lovely vinaigrette. Generous portions of District 6 wontons and crispy pan fried veg- etable dumplings continued our banquet. In the first dish, the pork and shrimp filling was quite tasty, but the wonton wrappers were less delicate and more doughy than one might hope for. However, the dumplings got our attention as they sported a perfect golden crust on one side, creating a unique wholeness of these savory delights. tiny blueberries and sandwiched with a dense lemon cream. Our slice was plated with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and what appeared to be housemade blueberry jam. Noise level: Easy to hold a conversation Scale: (Quiet; easy to hold a conversation; hard to hold a conver- sation; noisy; I need an ENT) Price: $6.00-$23.00 per dish ($$) Meals eaten for this review: Three Dr. Hodes is a neurosurgeon in private practice in Louisville. INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR LOUISVILLE MEDICINE? Each of these selections came with a savory dipping sauce. In Louisville, Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is becoming a title dish of several Vietnamese restaurants. At District 6, this dish does not disappoint. We chose the tofu and vegetable pho and were duly impressed. It comes with a plate of bean sprouts, lime and mint to top your bowl. Too often a vegetarian option is an anemic substitute for animal-based broths. Not so with District 6’s remarkably fragrant vegetarian broth which oozed a complex umami-ness! Next up was a perfectly prepared whole steamed fish in ba- nana leaves, with a heavenly scent of ginger and lemongrass rising. Smothered with delicate cellophane noodles, mushrooms and red chile (not too hot), the subtle flavor was remarkable! On another night we shared the crispy whole fish with tamarind sauce, which arrived on a bed of mango slaw—a completely different and equally wonderful choice. Baby back ribs glazed with a rich barbeque hoisin sauce topped with crunchy bits beckoned from a bed of Hainan rice. These were richly meaty and tender. Generally speaking, Hainan rice is cooked in a broth made from a ginger and scallion-stuffed chicken. Great barbeque should impart a bit of smoke to the taster, and here the sauce takes first blush, and is fantastic. The pagoda noodles are a riff on the ever-popular pad Thai, this version loaded with tofu and shrimp and a creamy, not cloying, peanut sauce. Fresh lime, chopped peanuts and cilantro brightened the noodles. About to pass on dessert, we decided our review would not be complete without sampling at least one. From the small, oddly non-Asian list of sweets, we chose a lemon blueberry cake. Good decision! Probably one of the tastiest desserts we’ve had in Louisville in a long time! It’s a three-tiered cake of tender crumb studded with . Over the next year, Louisville Medicine magazine, a publication of the Greater Louisville Medical Society, will be examining the following themes listed below. We know our physician members have unique perspectives to share, and we want to hear more on these topics from you! If you have an idea related to or expanding on a topic below, your work could be published in an upcoming issue of Louisville Medicine. To write, contact Kathryn Vance at kathryn.vance@glms.org. Writers should be GLMS members in good standing. » » COSMETICS » » PEDIATRICS (Neonatology, In-Utero surgery) » » TECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINE » » NEUROLOGY (Migraines) » » CARDIOLOGY » » TRANSITIONING YOUR » » URBAN LEGENDS & PRACTICE (from full-time OLD WIVES TALES IN to part time, employed MEDICINE to private practice, » » MOTHERS IN MEDICINE residency to practicing, » » HEALTH HAZARDS OF medical school to PRACTICING MEDICINE residency) Please note that not all articles submitted will be published. The GLMS Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse, edit, and/or send an article back to author for revision. For a list of guidelines to write for Louisville Medicine please contact Kathryn Vance at kathryn.vance@glms.org. FEBRUARY 2020 9