Best STL Food: Lemongrass Vietnamese Sesame Tofu

Oh hey! I like food. But I reallllly like sesame tofu. That said, it's about time I share one of STL's best kept secrets: a gem of a dish from CBGB's Vietnamese neighbor.

When I was 21, I was a Shift Manager and Events Assistant at Flamingo Bowl. I worked 11am-8pm six days per week, and almost every Friday I made my way to Lemongrass to reward myself with some heaven-on-earth sesame tofu. Having discovered the dish after taking on a vegan diet, I ignored all signs pointing to fish sauce and dug in week after week.

Recently, I made my way back to Lemongrass on South Grand after a few years away. The sesame tofu is still amazing. (OR Juice & Smoothie Cafe still tops my list for spring rolls. Swoon.)

Best STL Food: Vietnamese Sesame Tofu at Lemongrass on South Grand
Sesame tofu with broccoli and white rice. Amazeballs.



Best STL Food: Vietnamese Spring rolls at Lemongrass on South Grand
Spring Rolls at Lemongrass - Best STL Vietnamese on South Grand

Best STL Food: Vietnamese Sesame Tofu at Lemongrass on South Grand
Sesame tofu was ready for its closeup. Drool.




The thing that makes this dish stand out amongst a sea of  vegetarian friendly dishes is its texture. Sure, it's deep fried. But the texture is not quite like chicken, definitely not your standard tofu - rather a pressed, dried, deep fried amalgamation of all the great things any chicken or tofu dish has ever had to offer. It's an absolute must-have for all of us, but a true vegetarian's delight.