Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Savor foreign lands the safer way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Vietnamese cuisine at Café Trang in Park City.
Café Trang refuels empty bellies with traditional Vietnamese and Cantonese cuisine that garnered the restaurant this year's title of Best Vietnamese by Salt Lake City Weekly. Give your palate a taste of the East by licking the lengthy menu, whose pages conceal starters such as Saigon wings ($7.95) and Trang’s papaya salad ($10.95), or plunge tongues straight into a spicy cauldron of hot-and-sour soup ($4.95). Chicken, pork, beef, and seafood options such as the thai basil beef ($13.95) and the prawn sambal ($16.95) allow diners to collect specimens for growing stomach museums, and desperate curry dishes such as the Panaeng curry ($13.95) serve as exotic feeding troughs. Those who don't prefer meat will enjoy the modified vegetarian menu, which is studded with tofu-laden comestibles such as the Mongolian tofu ($11.95) and the sate tofu ($11.95).
Fresh spring rolls neatly line a plate. Curry clings to cubes of tofu. Swirls of heat escape from a heap of pad thai, and the aroma of mango fish wafts through the air. The diversity of the 100 items on Café Trang's eclectic menu secured the Zagat-rated eatery the title of Best Vietnamese on Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of Utah list in 2011. But large quantities don't mean low quality—delicate notes such as lemon and curry flavor the more than one dozen chicken dishes, and walnut shrimp gain subtle texture with a sweet honey glaze. A menu key that denotes the spiciness of each meal helps heat-averse patrons avoid burnt tongues and suddenly ashen chopsticks.