Salty Lemonade at Huynh

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I was definitely in the mood for Vietnamese food when some coworkers and I walked into Huynh Restaurant on a chilly day last week. It was then that I realized, even though I had dined there many times before, that the place was named Best Vietnamese Restaurant in the 2010 Houston Press Best of Houston edition.

I was planning on getting a piping-hot bowl of pho, but I noticed in the HP Best of Houston story that Huynh also does an excellent tofu with coconut curry and peanuts. I ordered it, and I was glad I did. What I paired with the dish, however, was a strange trip that I doubt I will take again.

The person sitting next to me ordered first, and he asked for a salty lemonade to go with his vermicelli bowl. I had never heard of such a thing but decided to try it. I'm a huge fan of salty and sweet combos and any chance to use the word "juxtaposition," so how could I go wrong?

Authentic or not, I can say that salty lemonade wasn't for me. The beverage was so salty, I barely got any of the sweet at all. When I got back to work, I did some research and found out that this is indeed no Country Time - it's actually made from chanh muÿi, a salted and pickled lime.

The limes are packed in salt and placed in the sun; during that process the juice is drawn out, producing a pickling liquid. To make salty lemonade, some of the chanh muÿi is muddled in the bottom of a glass, and some simple syrup is added with water.

I really wanted to like this new beverage. I thought it would be perfect to cut through the richness of the curry, and it did, just not in a good way. Next time I hit up Huynh, it'll just be water for me.


Location Info

Huynh

912 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
Dan
Dan

Went last week and service was very bad. Didn't get all our order. The owners of the shopping center were allowing valets to park cars so there was zero parking for Huynh. Don't order the Vietnamese eggrolls, they weren't authentic.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I was extremely underwhelmed by Huynh on my only visit there. People seem to love the place so I'll assume I hit them on an off day. Or that I ordered foolishly. Or that I just don't get it but everyone else does.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I really like the salty lemonade, but everyone's mileage varies. I agree with Squirt, though. The soda chanh is great. And Kyle, stay away from salty lassis! ;)

Squirt
Squirt

Try the regular lemonade with soda... It's called a soda chanh and it's way better than the salty version. You like, I promise!

Kyle
Kyle

I love Istanbul Grill, but don't ever order the salty milk/yogurt drink they have. It's so bad.

Wuwu
Wuwu

I think this place is a joke, so much hype and no delivery...seriously, this food is really not good. Way way over rated in my book!

Kyle
Kyle

It's pretty excellent. Maybe take another crack at it. The duck salad is great.

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