Eating to Live on the Outside: Trio

It’s Friday, time for Eating to Live on the Outside and this week I’m taking a digital trip to Trio, an Asian-inspired restaurant in downtown Philadelphia. At first inspection, it looks iffy, but there are a handful of dishes that might work for Eat to Liver. Let’s take a look.

As for the soups and appetizers, I can roll with the Portabellas in Coconut Milk and the Vegetable Spring Rolls. The portabella soup is made with portabella mushrooms, light coconut broth, lime juice, and galangal. Apparently galangal is similar to ginger—via Wikipedia. Now, the spring rolls are prepared with shiitake mushrooms, glass noodles, and cabbage. I’d probably opt for the soup over the spring rolls. Although, I recently found out glass noodles are made from beans, so I’m intrigued.

Moving on to the salads, I’m digging the Trio House Salad and the Salad Kak. For starters, the house salad includes a spring mix, Asian pears, candied walnuts, and light soy balsamic vinaigrette. The candied walnuts make me a little nervous but I can deal with it and obviously I’m ordering the vinaigrette on the side. The Salad Kak is a strange name, but a decent option. Trio makes it with Romaine lettuce, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced hard boiled egg, and peanut dressing. I like it, except I’m nixing the egg and going easy on the peanut dressing.

Alright, the entrees are next. They’re tough. I only see one I’d consider eating. The Crispy Tofu with Julienne Ginger; tofu, mushrooms, sweet onions, steamed Jasmine rice, and julienne ginger. Crispy worries me. There’s a good chance that tofu is fried. So, I wouldn’t order it—check with the wait staff first—I like tofu, but frying anything ruins it.

Now, you might be tempted by the Baked Atlantic Salmon. Salmon is a safe—right? Yes and no. Certain varieties of salmon are good choices like wild Alaskan salmon because they’re low in pollutants and chemical contaminants. Sadly, Atlantic salmon isn’t. In fact, the Environmental Defense Fund classifies it as an Eco-Worst; citing elevated levels of PCBs. So, I’d pass on this entrée.

Overall I’d say Trio is okay, not great but not horrible. My go-to choice would be the Trio House Salad without the egg, but what would you pick? You know the drill. Check out Trio’s menu and tell me how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to Until then, eat well! Peace.
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Sara - August 1, 2008 10:38 PM

Could do way better with Asian food in Philadelphia. Anything crispy is definitely fried. Spring rolls are fried also. That leaves house salad.

curious - August 11, 2008 4:22 PM

Looks like you picked the best option - Salad. They may also make some steamed veggies on the side if you ask I think.

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