My blogging is finally paying off. I was recently awarded a free entrée at Fire Bowl Cafe. Of course, anyone following Fire Bowl Cafe’s Twitter or Facebook accounts were entitled to the same free entrée but, hey, free is free and a girl can dream.
Fire Bowl was promoting its new Lemongrass Green Bean Stir Fry entrée and all I had to do to claim mine was show the Direct Message I received via Twitter to my location’s manager. Well, I don’t have a smart phone so figuring out how to show the message was a bit difficult. I finally printed the photo but couldn’t figure out how to get the verbiage so took my black and white photo (I printed it at work) to the restaurant in hopes that mentioning it did indeed come from my Twitter account would be enough. If not, I’m partial to the Thai Red Curry so the trip wasn’t going to be a total loss. Fortunately, the manager knew what promotion I was talking about and I got my free entrée. I may still upgrade my obsolete tech but the need is not yet pressing.
I ordered my stir fry with the fried tofu and added an order of the Soft Thai Summer Rolls because they’re delicious and you can have extra peanut dipping sauce of you ask. Then, lunch and dinner in hand, (I get enough food for two meals) I headed home. I was ravenous by the time I walked through my front door so divided my meal neatly in half and tucked in.
And now, to answer Fire Bowl Cafe’s question. Did I like it? Answer, yes. I don’t know if it will take the place of the red curry but I did like it. I knew I was going to when I popped the lid off the to-go container and inhaled.
The flavors blended well. I sometimes find meals made with lemongrass a bit bitter but not this entrée: no one flavor overpowered another. The dish was also perfect spicy, for me anyway. I like hot food but not when the spice makes it impossible to taste anything else, or too painful to eat at all. The level of spice in this dish added a pleasant tingle to the tongue while still allowing me to taste the sauce.
The green beans were a bit odd at first. I tend to cook mine softer at home and these reminded me of asparagus in texture not taste. After a few bites, I found I liked the crunch in what was otherwise a soft meal: tofu and rice. Would I eat it again? Well yes but, again, if I’m heading out there and paying for a meal, I prefer the red curry. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. As a vegan, I wouldn’t eat it with the chicken or beef so can’t contrast those for you but try the tofu: the manager said the dish was the best with the tofu and I found no reason to disagree.
Not only was my entrée free but the to-go container came in handy. The box for my old colored pencils was beginning to disintegrate and I couldn’t find anything at home to re-purpose. After a good scrub, the to-go container for my Lemongrass Green Bean Stir Fry was perfect. Thanks, Fire Bowl Cafe!