Not having my Vietnamese food craving entirely sated by Wednesday's Nha Toi meal, I decided to make a trip down to Cao Nguyen to see if the Banh Khot were as good as I remembered. I had promised one of the SJ Viet lunch group (was that you RWC Foodie?) that I would check to see how these compared to Vung Tau. They were not quite as spectacular as I remembered but still the best I have had. They are fairly light with a delicate crunch on the outside and an interior batter that is slightly custardy. Great texture combo with just a small shrimp, ground shrimp and some green onion for garnish. And of course they make a great fish sauce delivery vehicle.
Nem Nuong were also good served with the flat sheets of rice noodle. Only thing missing was a bit of char on them and a larger herb choice to go with them. Maybe because I was the only one in the restaurant not ordering the house special soup with a big orange shrimp fritter.
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