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Green Bamboo report

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Green Bamboo report

Cloudy | Aug 26, 2001 03:18 PM

Had an early dinner at Green Bamboo yesterday. My companion & I weren't terribly hungry, so this will be a somewhat limited report.

The summer rolls were standard. No better & no worse than at any other Vietnamese place. (Does anyone know of a really exceptional summer roll in the area, or should I just give up on them?)

The one main course we ordered was on the Specials menu: eel with lemongrass & green peppers in chili sauce. It was quite good, with nice fatty chunks of eel.

The one really notable dish was in the House Specialty portion of the menu. It's called Steamed Rice Crepe with Round Pork ($4.95). We arrogantly assumed that "round pork" was a typo and that they meant "ground pork". The dish came and, surprise, they really did mean Round Pork. It was one of the oddest dishes I've ever had. A bland and glutinous mass of rice pancake (not a crepe) with bits of (I think) minced pork and tree ears was surrounded by half-round slices of a kind of lunch-meat pork substance.(I hven't yet had a banh mi; could this be the "pate" that is sometimes mentioned?) The whole thing was covered with mung sprouts and chopped cilantro, and came with a bowl of slightly sweet dipping sauce. It was very strange but also very good; it disappeared fast. Has anyone else experienced this thing?

On the whole, the meal was good and I would go back & look for some more unusual things. Oh, yeah, they also had young drinking coconuts, which I'm delighted to see are being offered at more places around town.

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