It was a gorgeous day today in Albuquerque, one of those perfect blue-sky-and-sunshine fall days where you just have to get outside. It was so warm that no jacket was necessary, especially if you strolled with a warm cup of coffee in hand. (I chose a Mike’s Mocha from Michael Thomas Coffee.)
After we wandered around the UNM campus and stopped in at the art museum at Popejoy, it was time for lunch. Since we were so close by, we picked Street Food Market. It’s crazy that we’ve never actually eaten here before. We were super-excited about it before it opened, but then somehow never bothered to go, even after their sister restaurant – and a staple in our restaurant rotation – Street Food Asia closed due to a fire. (Street Food Asia’s Twitter feed reported that they hoped to reopen in June, then in July, and has since been uncomfortably silent on the matter.)
We did stop in for take-out pho before my surgery; I was on a liquid diet, so I drank the broth and Arne ate the noodles. Not exactly a representative way to sample the food.
The tiny restaurant was pretty well packed at a little after 1:00, with most of the inside tables full and a huge party at one of the long tables outside. Arne chose the Chinese broccoli (gailan) in Kuala Lumpur sauce – the Malaysian flavors were always our favorite at Street Food Asia, and we loved their selection of delicious vegetable-only stir-fries, especially on Vegetarian Weeks (which we are now doing every third week. This is not a vegetarian week, so I picked kalbi (Korean-style short rib) bao.