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Ba Xuyen addendum (a fine cup of coffee)

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Ba Xuyen addendum (a fine cup of coffee)

Plum | Feb 15, 2002 08:56 AM

Stopped by new Brooklyn Chinatown find Ba Xuyen this morning for breakfast.

If you are reading this, try their coffee now. Strong enough to curl your toes and liberally lightened with cream, their coffee is Talleyrand-esque ('Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love').

This coffee was made with the usual drip-style machine, although with far more care than is alas usual.

In addition to pastries and inscrutable Vietnamese desserts like yam dumplings with coconut-condensed milk (?) sauce, they have spring and summer rolls ready made in the morning.

Summer rolls were excellent: fresh, light, and filled with plump shrimp, chicken from the bone, fresh herbs and al dente rice noodles. Included nuoc leo (peanut-hoisin) dipping sauce is the perfect counterpoint, salty and satisfying.

Late risers be warned: spring and summer rolls usually run out by noon, the gentleman at the counter said. However, I have seen some sort of larger fried pork spring roll with nuoc cham (seasoned fish sauce, mmm) later in the day.

The address is 6011 7th Avenue and the phone number is 718-765-0037. Hours uncertain, but they were open this morning at 8.

Thanks much to Jen Kalb and semi sweet for the original posts that led me to this little banh mi place.

(Speaking of which, I think the coffee at An Dong has gone downhill since the renovation. Lukewarm, bitter and tasting of the can the condensed milk was sitting out in. The horror.)

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