Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Feature: Papaya Salad from Pho 888

Welcome to weekly series,"Friday Feature"! The first Friday of every month will continue to be "Get to Know JC Eater" showcasing a local resident and their recommendations, but on all other Fridays, a specific dish or find from around Jersey City will be featured on the blog.

This week's feature is the Papaya Salad from Pho 888.

Pho 888, 520 West Side Ave, is a relatively new Vietnamese restaurant in Jersey City and when I recently stopped by, I was craving something light but flavorful. Cue the papaya salad with shrimp and shredded barbecue pork. 

With a giant pile of papaya, some thinly-sliced red onions, jalapenos, and a lot of lime and a fish sauce-reliant house sauce, this dish hits every flavor note - it's sweet, citrusy, sour, a little spicy, a little briny, fresh and with some slightly smoky richness. The crunchy shallots, tender shreds of pork and shrimp, and crisp papaya create a mix of textures that help layer all the flavors together to create a bright, sharp, refreshing and satisfying dish that will liven up your tastebuds. At $13 with  more than enough for leftovers, this is a good deal and a meal you'll remember. 

Have a Friday Feature you'd like to nominate? Comment below, email me, or post a picture of it on Instagram with #jceatsFF along with a sentence or two about what it is you're nominating for a chance to have it included on the blog. One restriction - please don't nominate your own food if you're a restaurant or chef.

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