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"dinh thieng" little saigon pub food eating

modernist | Feb 27, 200809:58 AM

a brazilian an italian and a chinaman walk into a bar....

no, this is not a joke, and no, theres nothing funny here...
this is serious, real shit.

this place serves straight up og "quan nhau" bar/pub food. or at least i think it does cuz i'm just a chinaman... the menu is in vietnamese, but there is a paper take out menu with some english translations. however, the problem is, its all the stuff you don't want to order anyway.

luckily we had some locals with us so we got the following:
fried chicken wings, salty and sweet with nuoc mam fish sauce. crisp succulent things...

another specialty is the fried pork leg/ankle/foot. its the thickness of a louisville slugger cut into cross sections like a damien hirst sculpture. striations of fat and flesh undulate from piece to piece. all clothed with an amazing crackly skin... you dip this is in a sweet and sour sauce. it all goes down just right with your 2 dollar corona's.

we got a dish of the ducks blood and the goats blood. i'm not an expert in the coagulated culinary arts but if i had to choose i would say the ducks blood is a bit tastier... slightly darker in color and deeper in taste... you basically scoop some into your bowl, tear up some ngo gai sawtooth herb and other herbal goodies, a squeeze of lemon and a spoonfull of fish sauce and you eat that bad boy with some rice cracker. its good shit but takes a little bit of mental readjustment for the uninitiated...

we also got some grilled cockles that had sriracha squirted inside and some other stuff. similar to the cockles you find in vietnam and thailand but bigger. if you've had the blood cockles they kinda taste like that...

the fried frogs leg were tasty, battered and fried then dipped into a ketchup and mayo. sort of like a 20 piece order of bone-in kermit mcnuggets.

we also got raw beef salad and a duck salad.

all the food was freaking good and ended up costing about 20 bux a person with a couple beers each...

the menu goes much deeper with shrimp dishes, snail dishes, other bivavles, prepared either with tamarind, lemon grass and chili, butter etc... but i'll get more of those next time.

i'd watch which girls you ogle and actually just save it for after dinner shakes at cafe di vang2 down the street..


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