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

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natalie Feb 7, 2011 08:35 AM

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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    artemis RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 08:47 AM

    Pagolac has that.

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    Pagolac
    655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      SteveG RE: artemis Feb 7, 2011 10:04 AM

      ...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.

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      Pagolac
      655 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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      sfbing RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 08:49 AM

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

      1. Ruth Lafler RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 08:56 AM

        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.

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

        Pagolac
        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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          natalie RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 7, 2011 09:16 AM

          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.

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            Ruth Lafler RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 09:44 AM

            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.

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            artemis RE: Ruth Lafler Feb 7, 2011 10:28 AM

            Thanks Ruth - I order it regularly there :).

          3. DezzerSF RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 02:18 PM

            Quan Bac has it as well.

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            Quan Bac
            4112 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

            1. chefj RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 02:31 PM

              Pho King in Oakland also has them.

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              Pho King
              638 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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                sairuh RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 06:57 PM

                I like this dish at Vung Tau, just outside downtown San José. They serve it with the fine vermicelli rice cakes, table salad+herbs and fish sauce, although this might be typical for this dish's presentation...

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                Vung Tau Restaurant
                535 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112

                1. rabaja RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 07:07 PM

                  Aux Delices on Polk has it. Love them there.

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                  Aux Delices
                  2327 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                  1. Robert Lauriston RE: natalie Feb 7, 2011 07:09 PM

                    One of the stalls in the Grand Centrury food court has those.

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                    Grand Century Shopping Mall
                    1001 Story Rd, San Jose, CA

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