Friday, October 23, 2009
Quán Ăn Ngon, Saigon
When my colleague told me that he was going to take us to some place to get street food tonight, I got excited. Little did I know that he was taking us to this place, which was a famous restaurant that I had noticed before but had tried to avoid because of how touristy it looked. Only tonight did I realize that this place was setup a bit like the Raumen Museum in Yokohama, where the proprietor invites some of the best street food vendors into a restaurant setting where one can pick an array of food and have it served to them.
Tonight we came down to their new cozy location at 160 Pasteur (3827-7131) and let our colleague order away for us. We got a whole mess of food, including those snails in coconut milk and grilled chicken feet above, the latter of which I liked a lot more than I thought I would, as it was really just crispy chicken skin. One of my other favorites was that rice cake thing below, which my colleague said was made from leftover rice that was then deep fried. The dried shrimp topping was surprisingly oily, but it sure was tasty.
I wasn't huge on everything though. A number of the items like the papaya salad were a bit on the sweet side, and some deep fried prawn cracker things were disappointingly boring. The gỏi cuốn fresh rice paper rolls also had some of that nasty herb that I still can't identify. I won't exactly be running back here quickly (especially with the intense crowds here), but at least I found out what all of the fuss was about.
Digested at 9:44 PM
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