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Vietnamese like White Lily? + Hoa Bien Review (MSP)


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Vietnamese like White Lily? + Hoa Bien Review (MSP)

cherrylime | | Apr 15, 2007 05:18 PM

or like saigon on 38th street in Mpls.

I like pho alot and banh mi but sometimes I want what I consider to be the vietnamese food
I grew up on..By this I mean curry chicken or beef, ginger chicken, and lemongrass chicken.
You know the kind with both scallions and onions and crushed peanuts on top..I'm guessing this type of food is less authentic then Pho etc...

We ate at Hoa Bien this afternoon and it made me miss this "old school" (old school vietnamese minnesota style i mean) vietnamese even more. I haven't eaten at Hoa Bien in years and I kind of dragged my husband there today. He would have preferred to go to the Saigon on university. I was thinking they did this kind of food. Unfortunately they didn't. We knew it the second we layed eyes on our plates; everything had this dull, semi-opaque cornstarchy sauce on it. Or (and I'm not sure which is worse) no sauce at all and no nice carmelized goodness on the lemongrass chicken. The jasmine rice was also undercooked and stuck together in a big hard ball. To be fair, the service was really excellent. Everyone was nice and friendly but not overly so and we were in and out of there in about 30 minutes.

So the question is, Is there any of that tasty vietnamese like I remember? It does exist in Mpls. still(at saigon 38th as I mentioned) I'm looking for St. Paul though. I know it might seem regressive but I really miss the food at White Lily on Grand (which I thought was the best at this) I miss the sweet spicy gingery curry-y (?) Kind of rich and fresh tasting at the same time. Oh and the rice..fluffy and fragrant and not at all crunchy. Any of the places on University? Should I just move on?