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MSP vietnamese?

chuckie cheesehead Oct 7, 2009 02:41 PM

Does anyone know of a vietnamese restaurant in the MSP area that serves "wrap your own"? You get a plate of meat, lettuce, herbs, and cold noodles to wrap in rice sheets. I've often had it where the rice wrappers come hard and you have to soak them in a bowl of water.

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    Fudist RE: chuckie cheesehead Oct 7, 2009 04:32 PM

    Hoa Bien on University and Lexington has exactly what you are describing. You even get a hot plate to cook your raw beef or shrimp.

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      Quince RE: chuckie cheesehead Oct 7, 2009 05:02 PM

      I've had that at Mai Village, although it was a few years ago. Afterwards I decided it would be easy to do at home and haven't been out for that dish since.

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        Fudist RE: Quince Oct 7, 2009 08:15 PM

        I wasn't very fond of the texture of the rice paper myself. I prefer my spring rolls fried. But at least the vegetables, herbs, meat and shrimp were all very fresh.

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          linfr21 RE: Quince Oct 7, 2009 10:37 PM

          This isn't a specific reply to your question about making your own spring rolls, but in my opinion, Mai Village is grossly overrated. I find it to be very expensive for the amount and quality of food you receive. I think you pay more for the decor rather than the food.

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            kevin47 RE: linfr21 Oct 8, 2009 08:39 PM

            The Mai Village version will run $11-15, depending on the meat you want. I enjoyed the meatball version ($11), which runs $1-2 more than a dishes with similar ingredients at other restaurants. FWIW, I think the decor is quite nice.

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          stymie RE: chuckie cheesehead Oct 7, 2009 10:22 PM

          Que Nha on University Ave in St. Paul.

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            reannd RE: chuckie cheesehead Oct 8, 2009 06:39 PM

            Saigon on University as well. Look in the appetizer section, it's the only one over $5.. feeds 2 as a meal, 4-6 as an app. The pork balls that go inside are fantastic.

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