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Best Banh Cuon

luckyfatima May 10, 2011 07:26 PM

Vietnamese food enthusiasts of Austin, where do you recommend as the best resto for banh cuon?

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    brentwood May 11, 2011 06:35 PM

    My fave is Tam Deli.

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    Tam Deli & Cafe
    8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

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    1. re: brentwood
      luckyfatima May 12, 2011 07:24 AM

      Good to know. I know a few places do it but not sure which places are only on weekends and which daily. Do you know if Tam Deli does it daily? There is no menu for them available online.

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      Tam Deli & Cafe
      8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

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        brentwood May 12, 2011 08:13 AM

        It's on their regular menu.

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          luckyfatima May 12, 2011 08:21 AM

          wow, that was fast. good to know. thanks.

      2. re: brentwood
        abidonfood May 12, 2011 02:17 PM

        i agree, Tam Deli is the place to go. don't think i've found this dish anywhere else in Austin, other than Ba Le which no longer exists... tho i might have seen it randomly where i wasn't expecting it, like a banh mi or bubble tea place...

        Tam's offers banh cuon with ground pork topped with pork roll, with chargrilled pork, with roasted chicken, with sauted shrimp topped with shredded dried shrimp, or with stirfried tofu and assorted vegetables... i just happened to have a to-go menu... :)

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        Tam Deli & Cafe
        8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

        1. re: abidonfood
          luckyfatima May 12, 2011 03:42 PM

          Not sure if this is true or current info but I had heard Short n Sweet and Thanh Nhi had it on weekends. Just wasn't sure about which place was the best of them. Will try Tam Deli for sure. Good to know they have non-porcine options.

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          Tam Deli & Cafe
          8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753

          1. re: luckyfatima
            abidonfood May 13, 2011 02:24 PM

            yeah, Short n Sweet is where i think i randomly saw it. but i was only getting bubble tea for dessert, so didnt try the banh cuon. never saw it on the Thanh Nhi menu, though i haven't been in a while. might have to check that out on the weekend... thanks for the info!

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            brentwood May 12, 2011 05:01 PM

            Aw, I miss Ba Le :-(

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              abidonfood May 13, 2011 02:26 PM

              i KNOW!... :(
              i think they actually had the best banh cuon. not sure it was on the menu though; i think they might have just made it for me because i asked....

            2. re: abidonfood
              abidonfood Jan 18, 2012 11:46 PM

              ugh... i just got back from a trip to Vietnam and now realize that Tam's banh cuon isn't as good as i thought it was... so sad... :(

              still haven't tried Short n Sweet or Than Nhi, but i tried out the banh cuon at Lily's sandwich... it looked totally wrong (there was barely any filling in there and the shape of the banh cuon was like folded little squares). but it actually tasted pretty good, for what it's worth...

              and PLEASE don't try the banh cuon at Elizabeth Street Cafe... i would call that a total disaster... <shudder>

              I'll have to check out Thanh Nhi and Short n Sweet next, since it's what i've been most craving since i got back...

              1. re: abidonfood
                luckyfatima Jan 19, 2012 06:09 AM

                I liked Tam's. What was wrong with Tam's in comparison to the banh cuon you had in VN? Wrap fresh, stuffing flavorful and well garnished, nuoc mam mixed well...freshness is key, really.

                Lucky you, that has always been a dream trip for me.

                1. re: luckyfatima
                  abidonfood Jan 19, 2012 09:03 PM

                  Don't get me wrong, it's not bad at all. all the key ingredients are there, but it's not as flavorful as it could be and maybe not wrapped correctly either? but i think the biggest difference is actually the nuoc cham, which is supposed to be warm (not room temperature). it really does make a difference apparently. and they could make it better by serving the banh cuon in a shallow bowl instead of a plate, so the banh cuon can soak up the nuoc cham better. but all in all, i'd still order it again, cuz there aren't That many places to get it in town anyways...

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            reinadetostones May 11, 2011 06:44 PM

            Not exactly what you are asking, but I have had terrific chee cheong fun at Fortune Seafood, and really good at T&S. Chinese might do in a pinch!

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            1. re: reinadetostones
              luckyfatima May 12, 2011 07:17 AM

              I do love cheung fun, thanks!

            2. rudeboy Feb 13, 2012 10:49 AM

              My vietnamese friend told me that her mom brought some home from MT. Only the crepe part - they had to fix it up. If you go through the produce dept toward the back., past the mints on that are on the right, the crepes are on an end cap in the middle row.

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