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Nov 29, 2007 06:18 AM

Xinh Xinh recommendations

I have dined at Xinh Xinh numerous times but i usually stick to the pho or the grilled pork chop dinner. i want to be a bit more adventurous next time. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I should order. Do not worry I will eat dietary restrictions or anything. i am curious about the clay pit dishes. What do they taste like?

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  1. highly recommend the quail appetizer and avocado shake. duck leg soup is good too. never had their clat pot dishes but it's pork or fish caramelized in soy sauce and sugar and cooked in a clay pot

    1. The clay pot dishes are the Vietnamese "kho" style, you can google that.

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      1. re: Luther

        I get the gist of what it is. My concern is that the dish would be salty since the soy sauce is cooked down

        1. re: Johnresa

          It's salty, sweet, tangy and a little fatty, all at the same time. Fabulous comfort food..Robert Nadeau once called it "grandmother cuisine"..Not too salty.

          The other clay pot dishes, on the specials menu, are more Chinese in origin, I guess. stir fried veggies and meat, mixed with cooke rice and rebaked in a clay piot till they get crusty on the bottom... Not a big draw, IMHO..

      2. I enjoy the clay pot dish -- it’s always listed on the specials board. You can choose any combo of meat, tofu or seafood. It’s a bit pricier than most of the dishes but well worth it. Lemongrass, garlic, a hint of ginger and fish sauce anoints the meat, veg and rice.

        1. Several times recently, I've ordered a noodle soup with curry chicken that I've really enjoyed.

          1. The banh mi bo kho is a dish not seen on many local Vietnamese menus: it's not the sandwich, but a rich beef stew served with a bread roll for dipping. Excellent, especially with snow coming. The chicken curry version of this dish is also worthwhile.

            I pretty much like everything on this menu. Try rolling your own fresh rolls with one of the banh hoi dishes. It's not unlike rolling your own cigarettes -- it takes some practice, and your first efforts won't be pretty, but it's very satisfying to get good at it. I often get the chao tom for this (shrimp pâté grilled onto sugar-cane skewers). The grilled pork is also great with this.

            There's a spicy beef noodle soup occasionally offered as a special here, loaded with chilli and quite good. Haven't seen that in a while, though.

            Xinh Xinh's "spiced seasoned fish in hot pot" (caù kho toä) is indeed Southern-style caramelized fish, which comes with a thick, sugary sauce that's simple but quite delicious. Get some rice with it.

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Wow that spicy soup sounds good. I went today and ended up getting the curry chicken noodle soup. It was very good. I only wish they served it with boneless chicken as opposed to a HUGE chicken thigh floating in the middle of it. Either way it was delicious.