There are two ways to get banh cuon, the delectable rice flour cakes (think of those translucent dim sum dumplings) filled with pork, mushrooms, and other goodies that you dip in nuoc mam (fish sauce). You can go to a restaurant that specializes in the dish, or if you’re going to take it home or buy in bulk for a party, you want a place that does bulk.

For the restaurant experience, Banh Cuon Tay Ho is one of the better places, says kingkong5. Get the combo with the shrimp and sweet potato tempura, adds groover808. There’s a branch in SGV for those who don’t want to cross the Orange Curtain.

Hong Mai is another banh cuon specialist that’s good, says bulavinaka.

For parties and takeout, Thanh Son Tofu makes fresh banh cuon and sells it for $2 a pound, says kingkong5. You can also get freshly made rolls of yummy sausage wrapped in banana leaves, and fresh fried tofu in various flavors (including lemongrass-chile and green onion–mushroom).

Banh Cuon Tay Ho [Little Saigon]
9242 Bolsa Avenue, #F, Westminster

Banh Cuon Tay Ho [Little Saigon]
9629 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster

Banh Cuon Tay Ho [San Gabriel Valley]
1039 E. Valley Boulevard, Suite B103, San Gabriel

Banh Cuon Tay Ho [Orange County]
3520 W. First Street, Santa Ana

Hong Mai [Orange County]
5425 W. First Street, #D, Santa Ana

Thanh Son Tofu [Little Saigon]
9688 Westminster Avenue, Garden Grove

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