I didn't try any of the great sounding menu items already discussed (Shrimp paste around sugar cane, fried frog with citronella, etc)
I'm a little hoarse, so I tried a non pho soup (the pho choices were slim).
The owner asked if we wanted it as soup or dry. We said soup, he said he'd bring it on the side. I am still unsure how it is usually eaten.
Two large bowls arrived. One a spicy soup, beef broth, tasted as if made with tripe (and perhaps other innards). It contained many chunks of tripe and meat. It was very tasty.
The other bowl contained a large pile of yellow noodles, some boiled pork, shrimp, some kind of seafood (crab) cake, sesame crackers, fried pork rind, bean sprouts, some kind og shredded mushrooms and chopped lettuce and mint.
It was served with limes and a small dish of chopped habanero.
The gentleman instructed us to pour the soup over the noodles and to mix it up. I think he was happy to have customers and surprised that it was a cracker and an Irishman. The place was empty. Sadly.
I loved it. It influenced me to do some research on Hue cuisine. I have a lot of things on that menu left to try. (Everything except the durian drink. I hate that damn "fruit")
So, go. (Near Shalimar and the Mongolian barbecue.)
It's worth it.
I love North Lamar
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