Melanie Wong's email to the SVchowdown@yahoogroups.com distribution list resulted in 9 hounds meeting for lunch today at Nha Hang Saigon Seafood Restaurant in San Jose. In a previous incarnation or maybe it's morphing into it - another name might be Saigon Vien Dong... What ever you want to call it, we had a very enjoyable lunch - thanks Melanie for rallying the troops!
From the large menu we munched our way through the following:
#4 - Thit De Nuong - Sizzling Goat Meat
#5 - Ngheu Xuc Banh Da - Baby Clams with Special Spices
#7 - Chim Cut Chien Don - Roast Quail
#12 - Goi Sua Tom Thit - Pork, Prawns & Jelly Fish Salad
#18 - Cari De - Curry Goat
#19 - Cha Ca Thanh Long - Sizzling Fish
#23 - Hu Tieu Nam Van Kho - Nam Vang Rice Noodle Soup (dry)
#24 - Hu Tieu Nam Vang - Nam Vang Rice Noodle Soup
Supplemented with a couple of Iced Coffees, Iced Thai Tea, Avocado, Durian, and Jackfruit shakes and a Soda Salted Lemon (I think), including tax and tip, the tab came to $13/pp.
I really liked the whole meal but I always seem to enjoy the salads the most for the fresh, herby tastes - so #12 was my favorite - I could have happily eaten the whole thing :-) - it was served with shrimp chips. The Baby Clams with Special Spices was very yummy too - served with the large crispy rice crackers with black sesame seeds - this was actually chopped baby clams sauteed with all sorts of good-tasting stuff. Really enjoyed the rice noodles in the dry noodle soup; nice chewy texture (I thought).
I hope the rest of the table participants will add their thoughts on lunch.
I almost forgot a fun part of the lunch - afterwards we walked a couple of doors down to a woman who was selling fresh tropical fruits on the sidewalk - she had lychees, Manila mangoes and Mangosteens, but the big draw was the fresh jackfruit! Thanks to Alice for handling the language requirements - I have never had fresh jackfruit and am looking forward to it for dessert this evening.
740 Story Rd 1, San Jose, CA