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Best cafe sua da?

ns1 Jun 3, 2009 12:16 PM

Where can I find the best cafe sua da? As of late I've been making them at home, but I'd love to hear some of your opinions (Thi N., this is mainly at you!)

- Lee's is way too sweet
- Kang Lac is way too sweet (used to be my go-to place...I swear they changed their recipe)
- As a matter of fact, Mr. Baugette (sp?), Van's bakery, banh mi cali, are ALL TOO FREAKING SWEET
- the one from Soy Noodle Cafe was the worst tasting cafe sua da I've ever had. I don't even know how to describe it.
- the 2nd worst one was from some vietnamese "cafe" inside the ferry building in SF

The ONLY place I've been able to drink cafe sua da from as of late has been Ba Le Bakery. Maybe I should try these uber vietnamese Cafe's since I hear they make their coffee crazy strong...

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    taiwanesesmalleats RE: ns1 Jun 3, 2009 12:54 PM

    Does it have to be to-go? I really like the cafe sua da at Pho Minh for some reason. I don't know if you've tried it, but I really like it. There's something about it that's different from other places.

    1. Das Ubergeek RE: ns1 Jun 3, 2009 01:09 PM

      Pho So 1 in Van Nuys, or Vien Dong in GG.

      As for too sweet, make sure you go to a place that does the filter for you (both the above do it). That way you can mix in as much of the uber-sweet sua as you like. When you pour it over the ice, the coffee goes first and you tip the cup back before the unmixed condensed milk pours out. Then it's less sweet.

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        ipsedixit RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 3, 2009 02:42 PM

        Ditto the rec for Pho So 1.

        The condensed milk they use is just better. Not cloyingly sweet, but still rich enough to add body to the coffee.

      2. monku RE: ns1 Jun 3, 2009 02:42 PM

        Sweet or not, this is the place I want to check out.

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          ipsedixit RE: monku Jun 3, 2009 02:44 PM

          Those servers have nothing on the ones at Indian ...

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          ns1 RE: ns1 Sep 6, 2012 03:16 PM

          2012 bump, c'mon guys!

          Cafe Dulce has a pretty good version for artisan style Cafe Sua Da (which still bordered on too sweet for my tastes). Everything else has been way, way too sweet.

          Pho Minh closed down, Garden Grove shut down the good coffee shops. Strangely enough I still have not tried Pho So 1 (maybe because I don't like their Pho)

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            ray9x RE: ns1 Sep 8, 2012 11:47 AM

            Chimney Coffee House does a great version. http://www.yelp.com/biz/chimney-coffe...

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            tastycakes RE: ns1 Sep 10, 2012 03:06 PM

            ngu binh in westminster has the best i've ever had, and i've eaten my way through many vietnamese spots throughout southern cali.

            they also have absolutely phenomenal fresh young coconut juice with big fat tender slippery chunks of cocnut meat in it, not to mention stellar bun bo hue and other rare dishes.


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              ns1 RE: tastycakes Sep 10, 2012 03:06 PM

              thanks. driven by hundreds of times but never walked inside. no pics on yelp so I guess I'll have to check it out.

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              jaykayen RE: ns1 Sep 11, 2012 12:17 PM

              Phuoc Thanh, 13191 Brookhurst, between GG Blvd and Trask.

              Not that it was really less sweet, but I found the coffee flavor to be better than elsewhere.

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