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Hong Xuong & Hong Phat bakeries on Argyle

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Hong Xuong & Hong Phat bakeries on Argyle

zim | Jun 9, 2003 01:06 PM

Like others I went looking for the taste of argyle on Saturday, but found no outdoor vendors grilling meats, nor even signs for the event. Since we didn’t really feel like sitting inside on such a gorgeous day we picked up sandwiches and some things from a couple bakeries and sat out in the little park/playground off Sheridan to enjoy them. Amongst this were sandwiches from the sandwich store next door to Vinh Phat (Hong Phat?) BBQ on Sheridan. We were able to convince them this time to make us a vegetarian bahn mi and though the family veggie found the bread tastier than that of Ba Le, Ba Le’s actual bean curd was preferable to the gluten in Hong Phat’s. To tell the truth I didn’t really find a whole lot of diferrence between the dac biets or roast pork ones, but I didn’t do side by side tasting. Also enjoyed were some of the sesame balls with mung bean paste (I like this much better than the standard red bean paste) A Styrofoam plate of little circular glutinous rice circles with dried shrimp and topped with peanuts and a container of dipping sauce, A few other sweets whose names were very long, and who I’m not sure I could describe well enough to differentiate them from other such sweets, and the best sweet I got to taste that day which looked like 2 little crepes folded over glutinous rice and fresh coconut. There was a little salt in the rice which really brought out the flavors

Walking back I couldn’t resist going in to Hong Xuong, the new bakery on the S. side of the street close to the intersection with Broadway, that a couple posters have lauded in passing. Among the baked and packaged snacks I didn’t see much to distinguish it from other bakeries on the street but I enjoyed a couple of the savory dim sum type things closest to the cash register, notably a Shrimp toast of half a buttered French roll/loaf that had been fired and topped with grilled shrimp, and a jalapeno that had been stuffed with fish paste and served with black bean sauce. They also had eggplants and bitter melon served the same way. We also got another order of those coconut rice crepes but the kids finished these before I had a chance to compare them to Hong Phat’s. I think both theirs and Hong Phat’s may actually come from another place altogether (Dong Ky bakery for some reasons is vaguely in the back of my head)

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