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Jun 3, 2009 12:16 PM

Best cafe sua da?

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        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.

        1. re: monku

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

        2. 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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          1. 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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            1. re: tastycakes

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