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Foodcourt at Grand Century Mall -San Jose

Han Lukito | Oct 18, 200301:23 AM

Following the leads of a previous hound, I tried some of the places in the foodcourt.

Chao Vit: I ordered the chicken version to go. It is sort of like salt baked chicken commonly found on the Chinese BBQ places. For $6.75, they only provided few pieces of chicken which still had bones underneath. It's allright. Lots of shredded cabbage underneath the chicken. There were two sauces: one has the usual vinegar sauce and the other had the ginger garlic sauce. Also, a bowl of rice soup is provided - the rice is semi fine in texture but was not particularly tasty. I would not reorder these again - it's not that great IMO. Not sure about the duck version though

To the right of the stall (as you face toward it) is Banh Xeo: I ordered the tomato fried rice with steak cubes. The beef was not as tender as I like it. Flavor is nice. Also ordered the Banh Xeo crepe filled with beansprouts, shrimp: again, it's allright. Then ordered Bun Rue which is a tomato based soup with ground crab, and fried hollow tofu. Generous serving of noodles, kangkung, lettuce, jalapeno slices are provided. The soup had a hint of sourness to it and good flavor but nothing spectacular IMO.

It was a decent foodcourt experience but nothing to rave about. Not so sure about the rest of them although it looks pretty good. At the front of the mall was another Chao Vit place that had very nice tatami booth which allows your feet to dangle a little bit instead of in folding position. It had most of the same dishes I ate in the foodcourt at about the same prices. MAybe I should try that place. It looks nice, the interior.

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