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Another lousy Vietnamese meal

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Another lousy Vietnamese meal

Ira | May 23, 2006 10:22 PM

Had a distressingly lousy lunch here today - just the latest in a series of acceptable to poor Vietnamese meals I've had in New York. I had been craving deep fried spring rolls and lemon grass chicken for weeks, so that's what I ordered. The spring rolls were mediocre - six rather dry and tasteless pieces (two rolls each cut into three) with the usual lettuce and basil accompaniments. The lemon grass chicken was so bad I didn't eat it. It was over-salty and tasted of soy sauce; more like a chicken with black bean sauce than a Vietnamese dish. I've eaten at many Lower Manhattan Vietnamese restaurants and none of them have been on par with the Minneapolis Vietnamese restaurants I grew up with and still go back to a couple of times a year. I've found wonderful Thai, Korean, and Szechuan food here, but no Vietnamese. Can anyone tell me where I should be going?

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