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Vietnamese Clay Pot with Crispy Rice

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barryg Dec 29, 2012 09:33 PM

Do any of the Vietnamese restaurants in Philly have clay pot dishes where they are baked with rice at the bottom that gets caramelized and crispy? Usually made with catfish though sometimes other proteins too. I looked at the menus for Nam Phuong, Viet Huong, Le Viet, Vietnam and Vietnam Palace... they all have the dish but with rice on the side instead of in the pot.

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    mookleknuck Jan 4, 2013 10:24 AM

    Hope this isn't too late. I've had this at a couple of places recently, neither Vietnamese, unfortunately for your request.
    We had it at Tai Lake where their claypot rice came with rice only and the meats on the side. The cooked rice was either not cooked in the claypot, or cooked in the claypot before it could develop crust. Nothing terrible, just rather mediocre, as even after the addition of meats, jus, and seasoning sauces did not elevate it to anything worth ordering again.

    The dolsot bap that came with my soondubu jjigae at Jong Ka Jib had great crust development. On the basis of the stone bowl rice alone, I would recommend this restaurant. It is too bad that the Le Viet claypots don't also come with claypot rice.

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      Philly Ray Dec 30, 2012 07:03 AM

      I always thought that was a Korean-style dish. In South Philly, maybe try International Smokeless BBQ near 6th and Washington?

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        barryg Dec 30, 2012 07:08 AM

        Yes I have seen and had similar Korean dishes (using cast iron pot instead of clay, they call it "dol sot"). Heard about the Vietnamese doing it too and really want to try it. There are Chinese clay pot rice dishes too I think, maybe we should expand this thread to any crispy rice in a pot dish.

        I thought Intl Smokeless closed for some reason, good to know it's still there for a fix of Korean in South Philly.
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          Philly Ray Dec 30, 2012 08:49 AM

          It has been years since I have been to Intl Smokeless, so maybe they have closed. I just remembered that they had some Korean items on their menu.

          A quick look at Yelp shows (mixed) reviews from September 2012, so maybe they are still open.

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          Chemicalkinetics Jan 1, 2013 09:53 PM

          I think the "crispy rice" thing is very universal among East Asian countries. The Chinese have it, the Korea have it...etc. The Korean usually do it in a stone bowl, whereas the Chinese develop it in clay pot.

          I don't think many Chinese or Vietnamese restaurants do this. It is just not enough of a market maybe.

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