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Pho Nha Trang Incident

Pho Nha Trang | Sep 5, 2002 10:48 AM

I've been to Nha Trang a few times for lunch, and have always left happy. Yesterday however, I had a unpleasant experience at dinner - having to do with the barbecued pork, and it may have just been my ignorance, and hunger - but, it came as pre-formed/compressed (ground) pork that was then barbecued?

Please tell if this is normal for the Nem Nuong (which didn't look like the picture with vegetables, etc.)?

When I've ordered the other barbecue dishes they've always been whole pieces of meat. When I asked for clarification halfway through the dish, they concurred it was ground pork made to look like whole pieces, not that this wasn't obvious by the symmetry of the pieces, when I asked for a substitute, it came (barbecued beef, thankfully not ground) and was quite good, but the half-eaten pork stayed and was fully-billed. They started to speak and understand less English when I asked why.

And to further blasphemies the situation, they charged two dollars for a communal bowl of steamed rice? I've never seen the like in NYC!! And, on the bill was a mystery 5.00 charge, but the beer was free? who knows... anyway I'm guessing they ran out of pork?

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