Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of delicious Vietnamese fare at Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar on Inker Street.
Pagoda's delectable lunch and dinner menus are stuffed to their eyeballs with small and large plates, rolls, and noodles, showcasing the eatery's traditional yet inventive flavor palette. Munch-launch into spring rolls with a mixture of shrimp, pork, vermicelli, and mint ($2.95), or spring instead for a large plate of braised pork and egg, a dish decorated with braised pork belly, jasmine rice, and quail egg streamers ($8.95 lunch, $9.95 dinner). Stay light with a salad of sour green mango with purple onions and cilantro in lime sauce ($5.95), or get serious with a lunchtime Pagoda bowl, a vast noodle basin topped with grilled pork, roasted peanuts, and chopped egg rolls ($7.95). Lunchers can feel fusiony without the neutron problems with dishes such as pork sliders with pickled carrot and daikon served on hot buttered buns ($9.95), and dinnertime feasters can tuck into the lemongrass lamb served languidly atop a bed of wasabi mashed potatoes ($23.95).
Traditional in its idea of elegance, Pagoda is bright, clean, and modern with a tinge of Vietnamese styling, defined by relaxed yellow and wheat tones throughout. Guests dine at long communal tables ideal for hosting magnificent spreads of sharable small plates passed in constant orbit about the table like suns around the Earth.
Washington Ave./ Memorial Park
4705 Inker St.
Houston, Texas 77007Get Directions