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Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery Deli Falls Church


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Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery Deli Falls Church

Worldwide Diner | Aug 13, 2014 09:45 AM

I've been going to Ba Le for a few years. I started out by trying out their banh mi sandwiches - didn't like them very much (prefer Banh Mi DC). Next I tried their bun bo hue and some other noodle soups, which are generally pretty good. Then I changed my diet, cutting out most carbs. So now I would order a quarter chicken (all dark meat) for $2.75, cha gio (fried spring roll), and shrimp roll (summer roll, not fried). There's nothing special about their summer rolls but their cha gio at $1.25 each is really good, and the chicken leg/thigh are usually very moist and flavorful, having been marinated in a slightly sweet sauce. Today I tried something completely different - called a banh gio ($2). This is a white gooey thing wrapped in plastic wrap found in their prepared hot food case. Inside the gooey white stuff (rice paste) is minced pork and mushroom. I thought it was really good but probably an acquired taste for non-Asians. Here's a better description
I also tried their banh xeo. It came with lots of herbs, which really added a nice flavor to an otherwise bland dish. The shrimp inside were not shelled, but the shell didn't really bother me. Combined with fish sauce, it was pretty good.
Next time I go to Eden Center, I'll see if anyone else is doing banh gio.

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