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Taste of Saigon (Rockville, MD)

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Taste of Saigon (Rockville, MD)

Rex Gai | Sep 24, 2003 08:12 PM

Greetings Fellow Hounds from the District & Environs. About 11 years ago, my wife and I chowed down at this exquisite but humble little storefront French Vietnamese tucked away in a shopping area off the main drag in Rocville, simply THE best Vietnamese food I've laid my taste buds on anywhere and I've eaten at my fair share of joints up and down the West Coast when we used to live in Los Angeles & visit San Francisco quite often. There are some pretty good pho houses, but that's not really my bag. This food at TOS beguiled, tho. I was wondering if if it is still thriving and if so if it is still in the hands of Ma & Pa Tu. I was introduced to them by a local friend and found them to be most genteel hosts.

I wanted to also know the name of the appetizer we had, not goi cuon (a personal favorite that one can actually find here in Indy), but a warm almost spring roll thingy with a hoisinish sauce drizzled on top and crushed peanuts atop that. I grow faint just thinking of it.

Then there was this fish filet in a clay pot on rice. The fish was coated in a thick candied glaze.

If a regular there knows what these are and can enlighten me, I'd be a happy camper.

We plan on a trip back to the DC area next spring and wish to "rediscover" TOS.

Thanx for any tips.

By the by, I hear that there is a branch of San Francisco's astonishing Thai space Basil out there called Sweet Basil, just curious if it is anything worthwhile, thought we might hit on that one as well.

Ciao, Hounds!

Fud

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