Sunday, December 6, 2009

Vietnamese Food, Central-Style


Earlier this year, I met Wandering Chopsticks for the first time at Quan Mien Trung (8632 Valley Blvd., Rosemead). She was an excellent guide for my first foray into Central Vietnamese food.
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With stuff like phở, bún, chả giò, gỏi cuốn, bánh mì, nem nướng, cháo, and various curries and rice dishes under my belt, I thought I had a decent grasp on Vietnamese cuisine. Boy was I wrong, and boy was I in for a treat!

Wandering Chopsticks does an excellent job of explaining these dishes and pretty much everything else on the menu here, so I refer you to her site for a full review.

Bánh bèo
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These little steamed rice cakes were freakin' delicious. All eight of them!

Hến xúc bánh tráng ($7).
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WC conquered the menu with these tiny clams with chopped pork, peanuts, mint leaves and rice paper. She thought the dish was quite good.

Bánh xèo ($6).
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Loved these crepes stuffed with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts. Nice and crisp!

Xôi chiên ($5).
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How could you not like deep-fried sticky rice balls stuffed with ground pork? Seriously yummy. Like crazy yummy.

Mmm. Just looking at my own photos and recapping my experience makes me want to go back right now. Really tasty vittles, folks.


  1. Wandering Chopsticks is like your very own Kpham! She takes us Vietnamese restaurant hopping.

  2. i might be biased....but vietnamese food is on the top of my list as best cuisines.

  3. Oh I think I would like this Central Vietnamese food very much - nothing looked scary at all! Just very very delicious. :)

  4. That looks so tasty. I really shouldn't read your blog right before lunch.

  5. That's a good start, but there's lots more Central goodness to dig into!

  6. I need to go here. Soon. And eat that rice ball. Now.

  7. I feel I need a whole Asian restaurant lesson from you. And maybe a little convincing of my husband to eat somewhere a little more fun. There's a BYOB Vietnamese restaurant that I've been wanting to try forever and he sucks.

  8. Banh beo are my favorite! I heart this restaurant so much.

  9. I've never had different Vietnamese food like that before. It looks like it would be really good.


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