In Search of Banh Khot- Cao Nguyen San Jose
Not having my Vietnamese food craving entirely sated by Wednesday's Nha Toi meal, I decided to make a trip down to Cao Nguyen to see if the Banh Khot were as good as I remembered. I had promised one of the SJ Viet lunch group (was that you RWC Foodie?) that I would check to see how these compared to Vung Tau. They were not quite as spectacular as I remembered but still the best I have had. They are fairly light with a delicate crunch on the outside and an interior batter that is slightly custardy. Great texture combo with just a small shrimp, ground shrimp and some green onion for garnish. And of course they make a great fish sauce delivery vehicle.
Nem Nuong were also good served with the flat sheets of rice noodle. Only thing missing was a bit of char on them and a larger herb choice to go with them. Maybe because I was the only one in the restaurant not ordering the house special soup with a big orange shrimp fritter.
2549 S. King Road
San Jose, CA 95122
Yum...the food and garnishes look really good! The banh khot look better than Vung Tau's dough balls. This place looks like a good candidate for our lunch lineup. House special soup sounds good too...
I've read some reviews w/ mention of good frog legs and quail. Have you tried those there or seen anyone order them?
Nathan,I do believe that I am the one in the lunch group who's obsessed with banh khot - I didn't see your post on Cao Nguyen until just now! We had visitors from Georgia in town last week and we took them to Vung Tau - I had to order banh khot. I was actually a little disappointed with them - I don't think they were as good as I remembered them, nor were they as good as the ones I had in the food court at Grand Century Plaza... So I will look forward to trying them at Cao Nguyen soon to see how they compare - love your photos!