Huong Tra has been recommended often for Vietnamese in the El Cerrito/Richmond area. No thread of its own to date, so I thought I’d start one.
Last week I was passing through the area and thought I’d try the Banh Xeo. But someone else has that honor because I detoured for the Mi Quang, a Central noodle dish, when I spotted it on the menu.
The Mi Quang is quite top-heavy, loaded up with a mound of sautéed pork, crushed peanuts, a few poached shrimp, fried shallots, cilantro, scallions, iceberg lettuce, and a ladleful of very meaty stock. Nothing else in the way of fresh herbs or greens, then the banh trang (black sesame cracker) added crunch.
The noodles stock and are served hot rather than lukewarm here. The pork-based stock serves to flavor in a gravy-way rather than being the base of a soup-noodle dish. Quite fatty, I needed the lemon to cut through the grease.
The turmeric-stained noodles are yellower in hue than exposed in this photo.
Here’s a link to my post on Quan Hue in San Jose for comparison, my most recent encounter with Mi Quang.
What else do folks like here?
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