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Feb 7, 2011 08:35 AM

Where to Find Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane Skewers?

Hi, all. I’m looking for a specific Vietnamese dish called “Grilled Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane Skewers,” or “Banh Hoi Chao Tom Cuon Banh Trang,” but without the diacritical marks. Any recommendations of where to find this taste treat at a Bay Area restaurant? Many thanks.

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  1. Pagolac has that.

    655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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    1. re: artemis

      ...And Pagolac's is pretty tasty. A non-literal translation for those curious what this tastes like would be more along the lines of "Shrimp forcemeat grilled on slabs of sugar cane." It's sort of like a shrimp fish ball in kebab form that picks up sweetness from the sugarcane.

      655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    2. In SF, Anh Hong. (Which, BTW, has better banh hoi than Pagolac.)

      1. The only place I remember having it was Binh Minh Quan in Oakland. I ran a quick search (did you know that menupages has a "find a food" search option?) and came up with (in addition to Pagolac, good work artemis!), Kim Thanh, La Vie and Jasmine Garden.

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

        655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Jasmine Garden
        708 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        Kim Thanh
        607 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Thanks all. I just made a punch list of those restaurants. And Ruth, I didn't know about the "find a food" search option but will use it next time. Appreciate the tip.

          1. re: natalie

            It's a pretty cool little feature. Of course it's limited to the restaurants that are on menupages, but menupages for San Francisco is pretty comprehensive.

          2. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks Ruth - I order it regularly there :).

          3. Quan Bac has it as well.

            Quan Bac
            4112 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

            1. Pho King in Oakland also has them.

              Pho King
              638 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606