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Ba Le Bakery - beyond the banh mi


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Ba Le Bakery - beyond the banh mi

Nab | Jul 5, 2012 02:10 PM

Hue cool snacks to be found at Ba Le Bakery in the Dot.

They're always doing a bustling business and I note that many from the local Vietnamese community are procuring all kinds of treats from pastries to prepared foods. I believe galangatron has commented on their chè and they have a diverse selection, in addition to some cold beverages, and a killer cool sugar cane extractor machine that I must have.

Many of the snacks are unique Hue/central Vietnamese treats, perfect party or picnic food, and on the 4th they were jammin' full of families stocking up for a day at the beach.

In the case there are a myriad of banana leaf-wrapped goodies, both sweet and savoury, some baked breads (again, sweet & savoury), and some pre-packaged goodies.

The Vietnamese have a world of awesome charcuterie that I need to eat my way through, and one such example is Ba Le's nem chua - basically a fresh cured pork with slivers of pork skin running throughout, topped with sharp raw garlic and a fiery chile. Perfect pocket snack.

Banh beo are steamed rice cakes filled with some chopped dried shrimp. Very subtle and simple on their own, a dribble of fish sauce elevating them to deliciousness. $5 for a ten-pack.

Banh loc tran are a tapioca starch dumpling filled with shrimp. Chewy little buggers, these have now replaced my gummy bear stash.

Banh it tran, another dumpling, this one made with rice flour, this is a glutinous and sticky-chewy mochi dumpling filled with chopped pork/shrimp, also served with fish sauce. I am thoroughly enjoying the jaw-workout.

Banh pate chaud came fresh out the oven, a nice pork pate filled pastry.

Banh choui nuong is banana enveloped by sweet rice and I believe baked and then served with delicious unadulterated rich coconut cream.

There's a whole world of other snacks there that I will be returning for soon.

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