Takeout: Naem Khao Tod — Crispy Rice Salad from Little Serow, $15
Pairing(s): Agnès et René Mosse Le Rouchefer 2017, $45 and Vino di Anna Palmentino Rosso 2018 (coming soon), $26
During this time, sanity for me is found in looking for small positives (I still have a job, I'm learning how to cook, I talk to my mom more). Biking by Little Serow on my route home has become one of these silver linings. Sometimes I just wave, other times I linger to chat about wine, Kyle's garden, or what Meri's been up to (shouting from far away through masks). It's the firmest reminder that what makes so many restaurants great is the people. Komi and Little Serow are overflowing with talented, thoughtful, and brilliant people.
After a little debate, I decided to get the spicy, crispy rice salad. It's an all-time favorite and my apartment is always brimming over with off-dry whites. I biked home and pulled the Le Rouchefer, purchased almost a year ago at Domestique, from my wine fridge. A distant memory of a moment in time when I was falling in love with the Loire Valley and people still hugged on the street. And it was AMAZING. The heat from the salad balanced perfectly with the nutty weight of the Chenin. It was a nice reminder of how sometimes you don't need complete opposites to pair. The Le Rouchefer has a tiny bit of RS, but it's barely noticeable. Complex and nutty with a dried curry powder backbone that's reminiscent of old Riesling. The ginger and sour pork in the salad became more pronounced with the slight oxidation of the Chenin. The pairing was freaking perfect and electric.
I also had a sample bottle of the Palmentino from Vino di Anna and a three-day-old bottle of Frantz's Melon in my fridge. It was really fun to play around with what paired best with the extreme flavors and how the wine/food changed so dramatically. Little Serow snuck in two Salapao (steamed pork buns) that crushed with the Palmentino. It was an opposites attract kind of situation. The crunchy red fruit and zippy acid made the buns seem even more opulent. A total delight of an evening. Thanks, LS and Komi...I love you.
- Rebekah Pineda
p.s. order the Olive Oil Gelato & Cocoa Crumble, it's genius and a fat kid's dream.