by Marshall Ward
Vietnamese cuisine is among the world’s tastiest and healthiest.
And you don’t have to travel halfway around the globe to taste the real deal. You can find deliciously authentic Vietnamese dishes right here in the Market Tent at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, thanks to one local Vietnamese eatery, Sen Cuisine.
“When me and my younger sister Ha came to Canada five years ago, we wanted to bring the healthy food and unique flavours from our hometown in Vietnam, serving great food to great people here at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market,” said Hanna Le, owner of Sen Cuisine.
Mouth-watering appetizers like their rolls — whether veggie, shrimp, BBQ pork, and grilled chicken salad rolls — make for a scrumptious starter or lunchtime snack.
From rolls to wonton soup to noodle dishes and more, Sen Cuisine brings every one of their dishes to life with fresh ingredients and a balance of distinct, refreshing flavours.
At Sen Cuisine, a great deal of thought goes into their family recipes and careful use of oil, from their savoury wontons to their must-try curry veggie rice noodles with beans, carrots, and crispy shallots. It also comes with a fiery but flavourful Asian hot sauce that they’ll drizzle on, or you can ask for on the side.
With their aromatic seasonings and citrus hits, their stir-fried veggie noodles and Pad Thai burst with tangy flavour, and makes for a great meal at any time of the day.
Tofu enthusiasts can delight as Sen Cuisine — every Saturday at the market — offers their amazingly fresh, homemade tofu, made with only two simple ingredients: Canada grown soybeans and organic vinegar, with no preservatives and no filler.
“We grew up in a small village in Vietnam, and I saw my uncle make tofu when I was a child,” said Hanna.
“When we came to Canada, I tried a lot of tofu, but it’s not like my uncle’s tofu. So we tried to make fresh tofu from my uncle’s recipe, and when our customers came to try the tofu they say we’ve never tried tofu like that before. Now they come back time and again for more.”
Our community should take pride in welcoming entrepreneurs like Hanna and her sister Ha, and feel lucky to have their family’s delicious recipes to eat.
“I think the flavours from my hometown are very special, and I want to serve the best food from my home country,” said Hanna. “So come on in to the bright and beautiful white market tent and try our Pad Thai.”
Your tastebuds will thank you.