I was able to travel today to another greenboro Asian restaurant. Next to Saigon this is my favorite gso asian place. Though admittedly I only order one item, the roast pork banh minh.
It is called Pakse cafe and is located in the shopping center at the corner of Freeman mill and Florida St.
The sandwich is great and cheap at that. each of the ban minh cost $2.50. Cheaper that any extra value meal and fresher to boot. The bread is very good for bread that is shipped in(from VA I believe). then comes a garlicky mayonnaise and a thin smear of pate. Not sure of the pate type whether pork or chicken, but it is mousse like in texture. Then comes some great roast pork. Looks like it have a smoke ring but it lacks smoke flavor. I am guessing it is from a marinade. the sandwich is topped wiht pickled carrots and onions as well as peppers and cilantro.
They also offer chicken, ham and a roast pork and ham sandwich. When I last tried the ham and roast pork(under the prior owner I believe) it was like the oscar mayer luncheon ham stuff in the grocery store, not good at all. Though I recently tried the chicken and it was much improved over the last time I had it.
I also tried another item that I'll call a Laotian tamale. It came wrapped in a banana leaf and was sticky rice filled with ground pork. To my tastebuds the flavor was a bit uneven. The sticky rice had lost all of its rice texture and was exactly like the cornmeal in a tamale. Most of the pork was not well seasoned enough for me. Not enough pork flavor and not enough oher flavors either. At times I could not distinguish between the intentionally bland rice and the pork filling. It tasted way better when I added some chow chow and I would imagine it would be good with hot sauce. But for $1 it was worth a try. They also sell asian sodas and sometimes desserts. Occasionally they will have other asian snacks.
They also led me to my first Pho experience - more on that another time.
BTW, there is a full service Vietnamese restaurant at the end of the shopping center. The menu is close to saigon, often with more exotic ingredients(jackfruit and durian shakes). But the service is poor and the flavors are not as fresh as saigon. And the ambience is non existent.
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