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Nov 15, 2010 04:23 PM

banh xeo - new recommendations?

Looking for more updated recommendations for good banh xeo. I've only had it a handful of times, at Cam Huong -- freshly fried, deliciously shrimpy/porky with plenty of greens -- and a veggie version at Golden Lotus -- good for not having meat.

Any others worth the visit?

Cam Huong Cafe
920 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

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  1. I love the banh xeo at Lotus Garden, on Mission at Valencia.

    Lotus Garden
    3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. I had it at Nông Thôn in El Cerrito. It suffered in comparision to Cam Huong in that the filling was noticeably less. The pickled carrot and daikon with the lettuce, basil etc filled it out but there was less meat. Still it was good but different

      Nông Thôn
      10086 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA

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      1. re: wolfe

        Agree about Nong Thon.

        WF, are you only looking in east bay? Bodega Bistro's version in the City is good, with a creamy interior, crispy exterior. I also like Sunflower's, in the Mission.

        Bodega Bistro
        607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        1. re: mariacarmen

          i like the one at anh hong milpitas. you could try it at grand century mall san jose too.

        2. That Golden Lotus mention makes me want to give it a try for simple comparison. Last time I had a bahn xeo was an all veggie version at Sao Nam in Kuala Lumpur, which was too long ago.

          I'm not precluded from trying any of the meat-filled versions though provided they're tasty, so I'm eagerly monitoring this thread

          1. Saigon Restaurant at 326 Frank Ogawa Plaza (Oakland City Hall) is my favorite. Lots of shrimp, tender white meat chicken and bean sprouts, plus nice fresh lettuce and mint. (Love the carrots and cucumber too!) If you want it for lunch, it has to be very early or very late (before 11:30 am, after 1 pm) because it's really only on their dinner menu. Mama's at 365 19th St in Oakland was pretty good, but I like Saigon's better. (The crepe is crisper and more delicate.) They have it on their lunch menu as well as their dinner menu. Didn't like Vo's on Grand Avenue in Oakland. Seemed way overpriced and boring.

            City Hall Cafe
            400 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. I hate to admit it, but one of the best versions I've had was at The Slanted Door -- it's a dish where the quality of the ingredients really makes a difference, and Slanted Door uses top-notch ingredients (and you pay for them).

              I used to love the version at Binh Minh Quan in Oakland, but I've heard it's gone downhill.

              Slanted Door
              Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                hmm... i've never tried it there. I love their shaken beef at the Westfield Center outpost - don't love Slanted Door itself because of the vibe.... thanks Ruth, I may have to give it a try there.

                Slanted Door
                Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111