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Vietnamese goat curry from Nam Phuong on Buford Highway.

Vietnamese goat curry from Nam Phuong on Buford Highway.

DISH OF THE WEEK: Goat curry at Nam Phuong

Over the last few weeks, we’ve launched a number of new columns on the blog. Georgia Proud spotlights food entrepreneurs in Atlanta. What’s Cooking offers quick recipes from chefs, Three Questions brings insight into the minds of up-and-comers in Atlanta’s restaurant industry. The Taste-off is a review of new food products and beverages.

Today, we begin a column called Dish of the Week. Each Tuesday, members of the AJC dining team will share with you a restaurant menu item that they cannot get enough of. First up: goat curry at Nam Phuong on Buford Highway.

There are all sorts of curries out there – whether studded with chicken, beef, shrimp or swimming only with veggies. But what caught my eye on Nam Phuong’s menu was the more unusual cari de, curried goat.

This stew settles my fix for everything I love about a good Vietnamese curry: the silky texture and heady scent of coconut milk, the subtle citrus from lemongrass and the bright, clean flavors of fresh basil and cilantro. Thanks to some slow braising, the cheap cuts of goat meat fall off the bones and don’t taste the least big gamey. Add hot steamed rice or vermicelli rice noodles and it’s a satisfying, filling dish with the sure promise of leftovers because the portion is that large.

Since the goat curry costs less than a 10-spot, this Nam Phuong initiate has decided that from now on, every visit is going to begin with an order of canh ga chien nuoc mam. As it turns out, these fried chicken wings with a finger lickin’ fish sauce glaze have wowed more than one AJC restaurant critic.

Nam Phuong, 4051 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, 404-633-2400, Facebook: Nam Phuong Restaurant Buford Hwy Location.

 

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