Berkshire Pork Noodle Soup ($12)
Noodles in a deep red broth, a little spicy from the annatto chili paste with lemongrass, roasted pork shoulder, cilantro, and cracklins on top.
Chilled Fluke and Crab Salad ($13)
Lumps of fluke and crab with mint and coconut flakes shaved on top. The coffee-filter-resembling rice paper underneath the salad is edible.
Vermicelli Bowl with Berkshire Pork
You won't find "bún chả" on the Nightingale 9 menu, but this is essentially that. Berkshire pork patties on a bed of vermicelli noodles with herbs, scallions, crushed North Carolina peanuts, and some marinated pork belly.
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicle
Counter Culture coffee flavors one side, sweetened condensed milk on the other. "Who doesn't love ending a meal with a popsicle?" Newton makes a good point.
Palm Sugar Popsicle
Served in a bowl of peanut brittle with benne seeds for added crunch.
The trays are on every table and you're encouraged to shake a little of this or that on every dish. There's Red Boat fish sauce imported from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam, chili oil, nuoc cham (the sweet and fishy dipping and dousing sauce), and bourbon barrel-aged soy sauce from Kentucky.