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Brooklyn Chow Crawl - Great Vietnamese, Biryani, and More

Louise | Apr 12, 2004 06:07 PM

This past Saturday we took advantage of the mighty fine weather to enjoy a little Brooklyn exploration. Our travels took us first to Avenue U in Homecrest, where we had snack #1 at Da Lat, a Vietnamese restaurant. Two of us shared Cha Gio (fried spring roll), Bi Cuon (shredded pork and rice vermicelli summer roll) and Bun Bo Satee (soupy spicy beef in satee sauce over rice vermicelli). These are dishes we generally love and tend to use as a measuring stick when trying new places (if this had been more than a snack, of course many more things would have been added to the mix). Each was as good or better than I have had in other places recently. The Bun Bo Satee in particular was delicious, very spicy and nutty and a bit different than I have seen before - more ornage in color and the sauce more "integrated" (ie not cloudy bits separating from oily bits). The beef used was a little chewy but really tasty, and mercifully not cooked to within an inch of its life. Cah Gio were outstanding, chock full of pork and very fresh-tasting. Be advised there is no vegetarian version here.

At this stage we were shockingly full (what was wrpong with us???) and switched the MO to collecting delicious treates to snack on in front of a movie that nght (it was already late afternoon), so I picked up a vat of hot and sour soup from Win Shing. Now I know this is not the most exciting choice at a place overflowing with wonerful offerings, but h & s soup lovers believe me, Win Shing's is by far and above the best h & s soup going - very firey, honey sweet, and none of that weird corn starch gloopiness.

Onwards and upwards. We headed over to Mc Donald Avenue and half walked/half subwayed up to the Bangladeshi area around Church Avenue. There are three chpices right there that I could see - Little Bangladesh (Sietsema likes and I've rad good things here), a place two doors down calld something like Sukharna, and a place across the road called Jhinuk. A helpful guy in the dli inbetween the first two plaes informed me they were ownded by the same guy and ver good, but he had heard some good reviews coming from patrons of the newer Jhinuk across the road (which he hadn't tried b/c it was too far away!). So we went to Jhinuk and took a heaping platter of murtton biryani home. We then went to Kabir's Bakery (a chain, according to their card) on Church (just across the road once again) and bought a stick of pistachio kulfi to munch on and some gulab jamun for later.

We hopped the 67 back up to Flatbush, where the smorgasbord was deemed complete with the addition of ten hot buffalo wings from Wing Wagon. What a weird combo.

In front of "High Hopes" and "Raising Victor Vargas," the treats were consumed and all were delicious. I have to take my hat off to Jhinuk for making the tatsiest mutton birynai I've ever had (and I've had many). I have yet to try Mina but am curious to see how this compares. Kabir makes a mean gulab jamun. No complaints as always with the offerings at Wing Wagon. Win Shing's hot & sour soup was as good as ever.

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