Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #36 Surf and Turf Salad at Que Huong

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Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in the comments.

#36 Surf and Turf Salad at Que Huong

To order the surf and turf salad ask for menu item #303 at Que Huong restaurant at Beechnut and Wilcrest. The Vietnamese name is goi bo tom rau muong. This savory summer meal starts with a pile of watercress and raw vegetables tossed in a light fish sauce and vinegar dressing. The greens and vegetables are topped with cold sliced rare steak and shrimp.

The dish comes with crispy shrimp chips and an extremely funky dipping sauce called mam nem, a concoction of fermented pickled mudfish mixed with pineapple. You can dip the steak and shrimp in the rotting swampwater-scented nectar if you like. Or you can skip that part.

I always used to order #301 on the cold salad menu, the jellyfish salad topped with seafood known as goi sua do bien. This refreshing dish is sometimes called "Summer Delight" or "Seafood Delight." But one time the waiter at Que Huong asked me, "Why do you Anglos always order this salad?" Before I could answer, he advised, "The steak and shrimp salad is much better."

The truth is I like them both. But it was about time I stopped ordering the same salad every time.

The list to date:

#100: Green Chile Chicken Kebabs at Chatkhara Grill
#99: The All-Day Burrito at Cherry Top Bakery
#98: "You Buy We Fry" Trout Basket at Hank's Fish Market
#97: Chicharron de Barriga at La Michoacana Meat Market # 10
#96: Pakistani Breakfast at Kings Chicken
#95: Fried Mojarra at Taqueria Jesus Maria
#94: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake Ball at Coffee Groundz
#93:Cheeseburger at Leonard's Famous Burgers
#92: Lasagna at Doyle's
#91: Cochinita Pibil at Tacos La Bala
#90: Fajita Tacos at Taqueria El Charro
#89: Kubideh and Zereshk Polo at Kasra Persian Grill
#88: Trentino Gelato's Dulce de Leche at Shisha
#87: Deviled Eggs at Nielsen's Deli
#86: Italian-Cuban Sandwich at Logan Farms
#85: Vegetable Trio in Sichuan Sauce at Spicy Sichuan
#84: Salchi-Burger at Brisa Cocina
#83: El Ultimo Taco Truck's Breakfast Tacos
#82: Kielbasa on a Sizzling Comal at Polonia
#81: Shrimp and Grits at Bistro Alex, Hotel Sorella
#80: A Bowl of Chili at James Coney Island
#79: Lamb Dumplings at Lucky Pot
#78: Crazy Irishman Sushi Roll at Soma
#77:Tesar's "Magic" Burger
#76: Mac n' Cheese at Two Saints
#75: Spicy Armenian Kebabs at Café Rita
#74: Jalapeño Gefilte Fish at Rustika
#73: Greek Burger at the Hubcap Grill
#72: The Basil Inferno at Thai Bistro
#71: Paella at Rioja on Kirkwood
#70: The Big Adrian Burger at Adrian's Local Café
#69: Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Bar at La Paletera
#68: Indonesian Deviled Eggs at Rice Bowl II
#67: Al Pastor Quesadillas at Tierra Caliente Meat Market
#66: Boudin Kolaches at Shipley's on North Main
#65: Banh Cuon at Tay Ho 18 in Hong Kong City Mall
#64: Cumin Lamb at Chinese Halal Cuisine on Bellaire
#63: Stuffed Artichoke at Mint Café on Sage
#62: Italian Sausage Pie at Russo's Coal Oven Pizza
#61: Tom Kha Gai at Thai Choice on Wilcrest
#60: Torta Cubano Estilo Mexicano at El Amigo Taco Truck
#59: Whataburger Triple Meat, Triple Cheese with Bacon and Jalapeños
#58: The Banana, Ghiradelli Chocolate Chip and Dulce de Leche Empanada at The Original Marini's
#57: The Barbecue Brisket and Egg Breakfast Taco at Plantation BBQ Trailer
#56: Chicken-Fried Steak at Frank's Chop House
#55: Catfish and Grits at the Breakfast Klub
#54: Bun Bo Hue at Kim Chau
#53: Beef Tips at Davis Meat Market
#52: Moules Frites at Jeanine's Bistro
#51: The Fajita Taco at the Taconazo Truck
#50: Frito Pie at the Rio Verde Taco Truck
#49: Ceviche at Yelapa
#48: African-American Beef Links at Bar-B-Que Done Right
#47: Pasta with Fresh Peas, Ham and Mushrooms at Ciao Bello
#46: Ice Cream at Hank's
#45: Oysters with Lardons and Leeks at Brocante
#44: Steak Tikka at Himalaya
#43: Barbacoa Soup at De Buey Y Vaca
#42: Banh Mi Xiu Mai at Don Cafe
#41: The BBQ Burger at Guy's Meat Market
#40: Indian Borsch at Indika
#39: Mole Poblano at Hugo's
#38: Banh Bot Chien at Tan Tan
#37: Soft-boiled Quail Eggs with Asparagus Tips at Chez Roux


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Que Huong

8200 Wilcrest, Houston, TX

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