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Ordering Vietnamese

Lowbar | Feb 28, 2005 12:18 AM

Happy Monday chowhounds. I know very little about anything, but my knowledge is particularly slim when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine. I recently moved and am now very close to Eden Center, so I need to correct this. Typically I would do this by experimentation...but when I went to to Huong Que for an unplanned late lunch on Saturday and discovered a menu with at least 150 things on it, I realized I could probably use a little help.

I had the spring rolls, which I remembered seeing in the chow lunch report, and the lotus root salad (which the waiter was kind enough to show me the proper way to eat despite me being too "macho" to ask). I really enjoyed both. I had tofu with black bean sauce for my entree...I enjoyed this also.

When I came back home I consulted Cowen's guide after the fact, where he advises not to order anything reminiscent of chinese food when in a vietnamese restaurant...since I would typically associate a black bean sauce like this with Cantonese cooking, perhaps I didn't order as well as I could have?

If anyone is willing to offer some guidance on ordering Vietnamese food for a rookie, I would really appreciate it as I want to go often and check out some of the other places in Eden center. Either specific dishes or general tips, any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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