Fried Okra at Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar - Costa Mesa
Happy Hour, about the fried chicken plate. Seriously, you should get the fried chicken plate. Yes, $17 is a a bit expensive for poultry, but KFC this is not.
This post, though, is about another dish that I discovered recently. This dish is the fried okra, and having had my share of fried okra before, what I got is much different from what I expected. Instead of the usual pencil eraser-shaped wheels, these are thin, reedy and crisp. What they did to prepare them was shaved the pods on the diagonal as if by whittling. They're then lightly breaded in a corn meal and fried to golden wisps.
What results is fried okra that even the okra-averse would love. They're devoid of the usual okra mucus, but still silky once the crunch subsides. They're obscenely light too. I believe I could’ve eaten the whole plate and ordered another and another. They're the perfect fried app to eat with a cold glass of beer, by the way. But you already knew that.
Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar
2920 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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