Mr. Red Cafe – Special Sticky Rice
As I mentioned on my post on Old Ginger, I was having a tough time visiting restaurants during the beginning of December… first, I wasn’t able to visit Peaceful Restaurant because they didn’t open when they said they would and then Mr. Red turned me away because their power went out right as I walked through the door. Well, I’m nothing if I’m not persistent and finally made it back to Mr. Red later in the week.
This isn’t your regular pho joint… the inside actually looks pretty nice with clean wood tones throughout and a large front window that’s framed with a variety of potted plants and looks out onto East Village while letting in a lot of natural light.
I ordered the Special Sticky Rice with pate and chicken ($7) and was quite pleased with what arrived. It was almost like a deconstructed Chinese jung/zong. The yellow sticky rice (probably from tumeric) was on the bottom of the plate and mixed with mung bean. Good mix of textures and flavours here from the soft and chewy sticky rice to the crunchy bits they added into it, the crumbly mung beans and crunchy sour pickled veggies. I mixed in some of the hot sauce that they have sitting at each table – just be careful with the red chili pepper… it can be lethal and you don’t notice the heat until it’s too late.
The menu isn’t extensive here but, if the sticky rice is any indication of their other dishes, I’m going to plan to revisit.
2234 E Hastings St