Saigon Cafe & Deli: Another Bánh Mì Surprise on the Eastside

On the Eastside, finding a place that sells good bánh mì is a challenge. The choices are much better in Seattle where the concentration of Vietnamese communities and businesses makes it more likely you'd find very good examples of the classic Vietnamese sandwiches. Not too long ago, a friend and I ate at Yeh Yeh... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Huê Ký Mì Gia (Kent, WA)

Despite the name's association with businesses Chinese, especially with 99 Ranch Market its anchor store, The Great Wall Shopping Mall in Kent also houses restaurants of other Asian nationalities. There are Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants inside, besides Chinese ones. Among them is a Vietnamese, or more accurately, a Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant, Húe Ký Mì Gia, that also calls... Continue Reading →

Bò Kho at The Lemongrass (Little Saigon, Seattle, WA)

One of the great Vietnamese adaptations of French cooking is bò kho (beef stew), although its precise origin is somewhat murky. The French connection is not only that it's a stew of braised beef but that it can be eaten with a baguette as popularly as rice or rice noodles. That's where the similarities end... Continue Reading →

Pho at Than Brothers

For quick and inexpensive pho, I generally go to Than Brothers. At $5.45 for a small bowl, enough to fill me up, I usually get a pho bo tai nam (rare eye of round and well-done flank). Available for $6.25 is a medium bowl, all the way up to extra large for a mere $7.25. This... Continue Reading →

Bun Thit Nuong at Bon Mi (Eugene, OR)

It's always nice to pull into a larger city on the road just to expand your food and entertainment options. Eugene is the largest city in Oregon after Portland, just barely edging out Salem for that distinction. Downtown Eugene has nice shops, restaurants and cultural amenities without the big city traffic and noise, likely reasons... Continue Reading →

Banh Mi Usurper on the Eastside? Yeh Yeh’s

Getting a good banh mi sandwich on the Eastside is problematic. Several places sell them, but not exclusively, which doesn't mean that they're bad. It's just that the best places, like those in Seattle, specialize in this delicious Vietnamese sandwich. Much attention is paid to using the freshest bread and preparing the variety of fillings... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Pho An Sandy (Portland, OR)

The rain, or more accurately the showers, had been coming down off and on starting with our visit to the Washington Park Japanese Garden. There wasn't going to be anymore walking around outside today. Before checking into our hotel in Jantzen Beach, we headed over to a popular Vietnamese restaurant in the northeast part of... Continue Reading →

Who’s Got Seattle’s Best Banh Mi, Seattle Deli or Saigon Deli?

We're fortunate here in the Seattle area to have several delis and bakeries that serve good bánh mì sandwiches, Vietnamese inventions that transform a version of the French baguette into a savory fusion of bread, meat (or tofu) and vegetables. Seattle is one of those lucky cities in America to have a thriving bánh mì culture,... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Monsoon East (Bellevue, WA)

I've reviewed Monsoon East in a previous post. Located in Old Bellevue on the Eastside, it (along with the original Monsoon) is the best Asian fusion restaurant in the Seattle area. If there is any single reason why we don't come here often, it is that the restaurant seems more appropriate for a special occasion or... Continue Reading →

Bún at Saigon Restaurant (Albuquerque, NM)

For dinner, we headed over to Saigon Restaurant and ordered bún (☆☆½). It would have been a very good version if the noodles had been drained adequately after being removed from hot water. The result was a pool of water at the bottom of the bowl that diluted the nuoc cham that we like to pour over... Continue Reading →

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