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Vietnamese crepe in Oakland?

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jean8298 Dec 12, 2007 04:29 PM

Does anyone know where I can get a Vietnamese crepe (I think it is called "moon crepe") in Oakland? I recall getting in in SF at Sai's Restaurant (in the financial district), but cannot find it in Oakland (or Berkeley).

Thanks.

  1. wolfe Dec 12, 2007 04:45 PM

    Do you mean banh xeo available at Cam Huong on international at 7th or 8th.
    Shrimp, bean spouts in a crepe with lettuce for wraps and nuoc mam?

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    1. re: wolfe
      j
      jean8298 Dec 12, 2007 04:52 PM

      Yes, that's it! I've never been to Cam Huong - is it good?

      1. re: jean8298
        wolfe Dec 12, 2007 06:06 PM

        I enjoyed it. They altered it slightly from the first ones I used to buy. They are now
        shelling the shrimp. I also liked their presentation of seafood soup.

    2. daveena Dec 12, 2007 05:05 PM

      The one at Binh Minh Quan in Oakland Chinatown is good. BC Deli has it as well, although I haven't tried it there.

      I also really like the Cambodian version at Battambang.

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      B C Deli Sandwiches
      818 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Battambang
      850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

      Binh Minh Quan
      338 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Cam Huong Cafe
      702 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

      1. fruti Dec 12, 2007 06:41 PM

        Phnom Pehn serves a Cambodian version that is very similar. They have a Chinatown location and one in the Laurel neighborhood, both in Oakland.

        My favorite places that served it (Quang Da and Mai Hong both closed - haven't found a good Vietnamese replacement yet)

        1. c
          chow_eb Dec 12, 2007 07:13 PM

          We just had one this week at Saigon Bistro in Concord on Willow Pass (next to Fry's). We liked everything we had there. This is a great place.

          1. nicedragonboy Dec 13, 2007 05:21 AM

            Binh Minh Quan does, though I'm not sure recalling if it was very good there.

            Little Saigon in Alameda was much better the last time I had it though.

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            1. re: nicedragonboy
              DezzerSF Dec 13, 2007 06:02 AM

              Yeah, I didn't like the BMQ version, not enough filling.

              1. re: DezzerSF
                nicedragonboy Dec 13, 2007 01:09 PM

                that's exactly what I thought, plus they sort of burnt the crepe when I had it, and not in a good way.

                1. re: DezzerSF
                  Ruth Lafler Oct 19, 2009 01:46 PM

                  I actually don't like them too overstuffed. Of course, I had one the other day that was understuffed, so there's a fine line!

                2. re: nicedragonboy
                  Ruth Lafler Oct 21, 2009 09:31 PM

                  I tried the banh xeo at Little Saigon tonight -- I don't know why it never occurred to me that it makes a nice light meal on its own.

                  The version at Little Saigon has an orange-tinted (not yellow). It's offered with either shrimp and chicken or shrimp and pork, and I ordered the latter. Although there wasn't a lot of filling, I was pleased with the quality -- rather than being sauteed with the bean sprouts the pork was marinated and grilled, and the shrimp were large and decent quality. After I redistributed the filling a bit and refolded it in thirds, I thought the proportions were just right for wrapping. There was plenty of lettuce, but I would have liked more herbs, as there was only cilantro. $7.45.

                3. Melanie Wong Oct 19, 2009 12:29 AM

                  Updates on favorite places to get banh xeo (vietnamese crepe) in Oakland or elsewhere in the East Bay? I'm especially interested in a spot that can seat a party of 6 or 8, so that rules out some of the small snack shops.

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    wolfe Oct 19, 2009 05:47 AM

                    The Cam Huong on International has tables. I had a decent one at Da Nang Krung-Thep Restaurant in Albany but it's been a while and it appears that it has changed owners since then. However, ChucklesTC mentions it in a recent thread.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5894...

                    1. re: wolfe
                      Melanie Wong Oct 19, 2009 01:24 PM

                      Good to know. I've not been to Cam Huong on International yet, does it have much in the way of made-to-order dishes?

                      I was actually interested in trying Ba Le, but the seating description of 7 two-tops doesn't sound promising.

                      Anything else spotted on International that might be interesting to explore?

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                      Banh Mi Ba Le
                      1909 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        wolfe Oct 19, 2009 01:45 PM

                        Cam Huong has a few made to order along with cafeteria style and premades. Besides their banh xeo I used to get their seafood soup and chicken banh mi.

                    2. re: Melanie Wong
                      k
                      kc72 Oct 19, 2009 07:13 AM

                      Tay Ho in Oakland has it. You can call ahead and see if they can set aside a couple of tables for you. The Banh Tom Chien Khoai (Fried Shrimp Tempura w/ Yam) is pretty popular there.

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                      Tay Ho Restaurant
                      344 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

                      1. re: kc72
                        Melanie Wong Oct 19, 2009 01:26 PM

                        Thanks, I've been a bit leery of Tay Ho, as the SJ branch is considered sort of middling. But maybe that speaks more to the high quality of the competition in the South Bay than the chain itself.

                        1. re: kc72
                          daveena Oct 21, 2009 10:14 PM

                          I had the banh xeo at Tay Ho today. It's large, very thin, and very crisp, without a discernible coconut milk flavor (I prefer them more tender, and coconutty). Good ratio of crepe to filling (small but sweet shrimp, deeply browned on one side; some of the pork appeared to be chopped bbq pork; bean sprouts and mung beans). Good array of herbs - rau ram, Thai basil, spearmint, and diep ca (fish mint. Had to go online to ID that one). I think it was $7.50.

                        2. re: Melanie Wong
                          nicedragonboy Oct 19, 2009 02:29 PM

                          Binh Minh Quan on 12th would have room for 6-8.

                          Tu Tai 2 in Alameda as well.

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                          Binh Minh Quan
                          338 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

                          Tu Tai 2
                          1531 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

                          1. re: nicedragonboy
                            Melanie Wong Oct 19, 2009 02:46 PM

                            Thanks, what else would you order at Tu Tai 2?

                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                              Ruth Lafler Oct 19, 2009 02:49 PM

                              Depending on the group, Vo's might be a good choice. I've never had the banh xeo there, but it seems like the kind of dish they would do well, as I find that this particular dish is better the more refined/upscale the restaurant is.

                              I love a good banh xeo -- maybe I should conduct a little banh xeo survey!

                              1. re: Melanie Wong
                                nicedragonboy Oct 22, 2009 12:44 PM

                                The Pho was very respectable with a good amount of noodle and meat in the combo (dac biet). I haven't tried much else there yet beside the gio cuon (shrimp rolls) and bo tai chanh (which was ok, but not one of my favorite versions). And last time I came there with 2 friends they gave us a complimentary plate of sauteed (lemongrass?) beef over a bed of lettuce (NOT bo luc lac, but still tasty).

                              2. re: nicedragonboy
                                Robert Lauriston Oct 19, 2009 03:36 PM

                                Have you had it recently at Binh Minh Quan? I had a bad banh xeo there a couple of years ago (after good ones on previous visits) and haven't been back.

                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/403101

                                1. re: nicedragonboy
                                  drewskiSF Dec 14, 2010 05:15 PM

                                  I was just at Tu Tai 2 for lunch and Banh Xeo was not on the (extensive 200 item) menu.

                                  Decent pho dac biet. I liked the broth & meats, but the noodles were a big clump of undercooked noodles to start. By the time I finished they were just al dente.

                                  Service was very good (for Vietnamese in the area). They checked in on me and kept my water topped off without me having to flag them down. Also, they accidently included some tough skin from the flank. The server (manger / owner?) brought out a small bowl of extra flank in broth and comp'd the entire bowl.

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                                  Tu Tai 2
                                  1531 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

                              3. oaklandfoodie Oct 21, 2009 02:20 PM

                                After reading a few positive comments from Robert - we tried Ahn Hong on University. Banh Xeo was one of the items we got and it was excellent, crispy and very large. We ordered several things and were very pleased with all of them.

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                                1. re: oaklandfoodie
                                  wolfe Oct 21, 2009 02:30 PM

                                  link
                                  Edit. after checking the menu the banh xeo is $12.50. The last time at Cam Huong, admittedly 2 years ago, it was about $6.50.

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                                  Anh Hong
                                  2067 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

                                  1. re: oaklandfoodie
                                    nicedragonboy Oct 21, 2009 10:44 PM

                                    oh yeah. Anh Hong...totally forgot about that one. If I remember correctly, they probably serve the largest single Banh Xeo in the area, and priced accordingly.

                                    any details on what ingredients are in their version?

                                    1. re: nicedragonboy
                                      Robert Lauriston Oct 22, 2009 09:30 AM

                                      Per the Berkeley branch's dinner menu, "Shrimp, Pork, Creamy Mung Beans and Bean Sprouts." I'll have to try that, I think everything I've had there to date has been good.

                                    2. re: oaklandfoodie
                                      Melanie Wong Oct 22, 2009 09:21 AM

                                      Thanx, what else did you try? Did you see any large round tables to seat 6 to 10 people?

                                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                                        Chuckles the Clone Oct 22, 2009 07:34 PM

                                        Anh Hong has large tables and one time I was in there and they had pulled together everything along the east wall and had a group of maybe 30.

                                        In addition to the crepe and seven courses of beef, I've had the shaking beef and chicken curry and everything has been really tasty. Decent beer options too.

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