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Le Ba Truyen II, Hoi An, Vietnam

Reynold | Nov 4, 200810:40 AM

This is a tour-group spot, located at 12 Ba Trieu St., but don't let that stop you -- there is lots of authentic and delicious food. Definitely worth a visit on any culinary tour. We had Saigon spring rolls ($4, photo 1) which were a bit oily but had feathery skin and were way, way tasty! The caramelized pork with salt ($5, photo 2) tasted like beef. We've never had much luck with clay-pot caramelized pork, even in a cooking class we took. The cao lao noodle ($2, photo 3) was a great find. In addition to flat rice noodles, it has bean sprouts, pieces of pork, and small squares of crunchy fried noodles. You top it with some greens like watercress or mint and it's VERY good, an interesting mix of consistencies and flavors. Finally we tried the chao ca fish noodle soup ($3, photo 4). We were surprised to put a spoon into it and come up with a great big slice of sea bass. It was like rice congee made with a rich, thick fish stock. The accomplisments of their kitchen were definitely above average.

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