I met Karen today for lunch at Hue Restaurant in the new strip mall on Silver Creek Road, to recon their central vietnamese dishes for future South Bay Viet Lunch visits. It was a trip down memory lane to the first chowdown I organized, and when I first met Karen, back in 2000something, when we went to Bun Bo Hue #1 on Senter Road to try various "banh" dishes.
Today at this spiffy clean, modern, bright place, it was opposite in looks but not far from tastes. We ordered 4 banh dishes and wanted to try "something new & different" so I asked our server about a dish called "sour shrimp steamed pork" which she explained to us as "salty sour, like pickle". Hmm sounds strange, we'll take it.
Karen took pictures so when she posts, the pictures should be of the following dishes:
Banh Beo - steamed rice cakes in little saucers with fried lardon/chicharon thingees
Banh Bot Loc - steamed translucent tapioca flour rolls with shrimp and pork
Banh It Ram - sticky rice balls over a fried shrimp fritter thingee
Banh Nam - thin rice flour & ground shrimp wrapped in banana leaves and steamed
Tom Chua Thit Heo Luoc - sour shrimp steamed pork, with rice noodle (you choose with noodle or with rice)
Overall I liked the banh dishes here. All except the banh bot loc seem steamed to order (though the banh beo came out suspiciously fast, hmm). I also really liked the spicy, salty, sour, pungent shrimp & pork belly dish, which went really well with the noodles, mint & greens. I'll let Karen add her thoughts and then maybe I'll remember more details.
3005 Silver Creek Rd, San Jose, CA 95121