Banh mi and SE Asian Markets in Miami
I'm moving to Miami from VA and I love to cook Caribbean and SE Asian style meals, so Im scoring big time on the Caribbean side but fear I might not be able to cook my SE Asian stuff. Does anyone know where I can find an authentic Vietnamese cafe and, more importantly, a SE Asian market in Miami? Otherwise, is there a Chinese or Korean market with SE Asian products?
What about Pho. Anyone who's had the real deal know if there's some good pho in Miami? Im kind of doubtful...
I had decent + banh mi and pho at Pho 78 in Hollywood this weekend. The banh mi can come with grilled chicken, grilled pork or fried egg (or combination thereof) - no pate, unfortunately, but the bread was nice - a bit different from a French baguette, a little crisper and flakier on the outside.
The pho was not the best I've ever had, the broth somewhat underspiced for my taste, but was better than what I've had at Little Saigon in North Miami Beach. It's available with a full panopoly of meaty products - the menu lists about 8 different cuts, which you can get in just about any combination you choose. Comes with a plate with the customary DIY accompaniments - mint, culantro, lime, bean sprouts, plus several sauces for doctoring (sriracha, hoisin, chili sauce, fish sauce, etc.).
There are several authentic Vietnamese places in Miami and surroundings, where you'll find good Pho and Bahn Mi. Among them:
Saigon Cuisine - 1392 N. State Road 7, Margate, FL 33063 - 954-975-2426
Viet Family Restaurant- 15896 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33177 - 305 -259- 8508
Pho Tuang - SW 160th Street/Colonial Drive, Perrine just west of US1
There are many specialty Asian markets, particularly along the 163rd Street corridor between I-95 and Biscayne, and these are some others:
Asia Market - 9531 Sw 160th St Miami, FL 33157 (305) 232-2728 ( samestrip mall as Pho Tang, Bahn Mi Saturday's only)
Can't recall name but there's a good SE Asian market in the same strip mall as Saigon Cuisine (see above).
Lucky Oriental Mart - www.orientalfoods.net - 8356 Bird Rd, Miami - (305) 220-2838
Welcome to Miami, and look forward to reading what you think, once you've had a chance to try some of these places.