Let’s focus on Bánh Khọt, the popular Vietnamese street snack. This post kicks off an evergreen discussion of the dish and the places to find it in the San Francisco Bay Area. Everyone's invited to play. Good, bad or indifferent, “authentic” or not, please post here about any and all formats when you try them.
Many renditions of banh khot are displayed on this tumblr page.
Until recently, I had assumed that Bánh Khọt like many of the other precious types of little “bánh” is a Central Vietnamese dish from the royal courts of Hue. Not so. While there’s no agreement on where this snack first appeared in Vietnam, it is considered a Southern specialty. And, Vung Tau, the coastal town not far from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is reputed to have the best ones.
This video shows how they’re made in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Those little metal lids covering each banh khot cooking on the griddle are pretty cute.
And this source claims Khmer origins.
Legal Nomads offers some background and a recipe.
Linked below are some of the places chowhounds have reported on, most include links to photos of the banh khot served there.
Vung Tau, Newark
Cao Nguyen, San Jose
Ngoc Mai, San Francisco
Yummy Yummy, San Francisco
Banh Khot Vung Tau, San Jose
Tamarine, Palo Alto
Vietnam House, San Francisco
Ba Le, Oakland
Alice Patis’ guide to banh
The photo below is from Ngoc Mai (2005)