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Entries in Vietnamese (12)

Saturday
Feb042006

Saigon Saigon

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Often in Sydney we'd just walk down nearby Glebe Point Road in search of something to eat. This tactic succeeded with varying consistency, but one of the good spots we found was Saigon Saigon. Cheesy name notwithstanding, the place actually serves up some pretty good basic Vietnamese fare. The menu isn't fancy, but the setting is nice (a little more upscale than your typical hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place in the US), with very friendly and efficient service.

goi cuon - summer rolls with prawns, chicken, mint and vermicelli - A$9 A very good rendition of this standard Vietnamese app. These had great pieces of shrimp, and a nice mint kick. Not pictured is a A$2 bowl of "crispy crackers," which were some kind of homemade prawn chip. Very tasty and addictive.

house fried rice with prawns, chinese sausage, chicken and mixed veggies - A$12 Aren't I adventurous? Well, for some reason that night the fried rice appealed to me, and I'm pretty glad I got it. Admittedly, A$12 is still pretty expensive for fried rice, but this stuff was really good! A good mix of meats paired with some slight heat from the chilies left me quite satisfied. Oddly enough, the place doesn't have pho. I wish I'd made it back to try their bun though - I never got the chance. The place was a bit expensive compared to how much we're used to paying for Vietnamese here, but I didn't feel ripped off. The nicer ambiance and quality of food made up for it, I guess.
Sunday
Oct232005

Le Soleil

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Here's a pretty modest follow-up to my French Laundry meal - a quick lunch with my mom at Le Soleil. I hadn't been in a while, but Le Soleil has always been a pretty solid Vietnamese place at the beginning of Clement. I was surprised to discover on this visit that they've redecorated, with a bunch of new, hipper furniture. It actually looks kinda cool in there now. The menu has pretty standard Vietnamese fare.

combo lunch plate - soup, imperial roll, salad, and bbq pork chop with rice - $8.30 At lunch they have this special combo plate that comes with your choice of the pork chop I got or five spice chicken. Everything was pretty tasty, and the portion is quite large. The soup was a bit on the sweet side which surprised me; I was hoping it'd be more spicy. The pork was tender with a nice char to it. The roll was nice. Basically good stuff all around but nothing new.
Friday
Nov122004

The Slanted Door

Well, it has officially started snowing here in the soon to be frozen tundra of Boston. But what better to make one think of sunny California than food pictures? Well, at least the food eaten during that sunny California weather... Here's another trip to the new Slanted Door, this time with my mom, Auntie Cathy, Auntie Margie and the Chus.


green papaya salad - $7 green papaya salad - $7


barbecued willis ranch pork ribs with honey-hoisin sauce - $10.50 barbecued willis ranch pork ribs with honey-hoisin sauce - $10.50


spicy japanese eggplant - $9 spicy japanese eggplant - $9


pan-seared alaskan halibut with spicy ginger fish sauce - $19.50 pan-seared alaskan halibut with spicy ginger fish sauce - $19.50


grilled australian free range lamb rack with crispy potatoes and tamarind sauce - $26.50 grilled australian free range lamb rack with crispy potatoes and tamarind sauce - $26.50


mesquite-grilled porkchops with ginger-soy-shallot sauce and crispy potatoes - $18.50 mesquite-grilled porkchops with ginger-soy-shallot sauce and crispy potatoes - $18.50 Got to try a lot more different stuff on the menu this time, and it was pretty good. The papaya salad was very refreshing and tasty. Pork ribs were alright, but honestly didn't taste much different than your average bbq rib (which I guess isn't a bad thing). The eggplant was great - I think this place is really quite good at making use of seasonal fresh vegetables. All of the vegetable sides I've had have been wonderful. The halibut was good but not that memorable. The two meat dishes were massive. Personally, I preferred the porkchops. They were moist and tender, which is often a problem with huge porkchop dishes. I won't lie though - if I go back again, I'll get the shaking beef.
Sunday
Aug152004

Slanted Door cont.

I forgot to mention something interesting about the Slanted Door. They used an interesting short grain white rice which I thought was very good. Watch out for it if you go.
Saturday
Aug142004

The Slanted Door

A reader gave the great suggestion of putting up prices along with all the food, so I'll do this whenever I have the right prices. Food in HK has been great, but still got lots to go from SF. I'll catch up eventually... My mom and I ate at the new Slanted Door for lunch a while ago at the Ferry Building.


crispy imperial rolls with shrimp, pork and glass noodles - $7.25 crispy imperial rolls with shrimp, pork and glass noodles - $7.25


organic sweet corn with green onions and golden chanterelle mushrooms - $9 organic sweet corn with green onions and golden chanterelle mushrooms - $9


meyer ranch shaking beef - cubed filet mignon with garlic and organic red onions - $18.50 meyer ranch shaking beef - cubed filet mignon with garlic and organic red onions - $18.50


cellophane noodles with fresh dungeness crab meat - $13.50 cellophane noodles with fresh dungeness crab meat - $13.50 I went to the original Slanted Door years ago in the mission, but I never went to the middle location between that one and this one. The new place is absolutely packed... We ate at 1:45 or 2pm and the place was still full. They were also filming some kind of interview with the chef. Anyway, the food is still good. Great imperial rolls. The corn was very sweet. Shaking beef was as good as I remember it, as were the noodles. I think the crab noodles are a very interesting dish... great combination. The place is pretty expensive for what is normally considered cheap food, but I have to admit it's pretty good. The view is absolutely fantastic.