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Oct 15, 2012 03:47 PM

Grand Century Mall - Report [San Jose]

I went to the Grand Century Mall in San Jose yesterday for the first time in several years. The food court looked nicer than I remembered it, although I don't think anything really has changed since 2009 when I last went: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597001

We had the banh khot from the banh khot stand....they are white here (without any turmeric), and they are very crispy. No eggs are used in making banh khot at all, so my previous 2009 observation was mistaken. The lack of turmeric explains the color difference.

I also had the chao ga, which comes with a chicken salad on the side. I liked the porridge, which I ordered with a fried donut, but didn't love the salad, which was mostly cabbage and raw onion, topped with chicken and served w/ a ginger dressing.

Also tried a fresh, warm soymilk from the juice stand to the left of the chao place...and this was very good. It was flavored with pandan leaf, and was tinted green thanks to this addition.

There's lots to try in this food court, and hopefully I'll be back relatively soon!

Dave MP

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  1. Was the banh khot from Banh Khot Vung Tau's stand? And is it still not as good as examples you've tried in SF?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Yes, that's where it was from. These were crispier than versions I've had in SF (for example, at Yummy Yummy and Vietnam House). I think I slightly prefer the versions at those two places over Banh Khot Vung Tau...but BKVT is by no means bad. Just different. Veggies were plentiful and very fresh.

      Dave MP

      1. re: Dave MP

        When I was walking by a couple months ago, I noticed that while the stand bears that name, it sells many other things. And I didn't see many tables eating banh khot so wondered if they might not be that good compared to other things available in the food court.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          There were quite a few people eating the banh khot the day I was there. But you're right that they sell several other things. The banh xeo place that Ruth is wondering about below also sells lots of different things, but they were making some really nice looking banh xeo. Again, lots of nice looking herbs, good prices, etc.

    2. IIRC there's a banh xeo place there I've wanted to try.

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