Anticipating the upcoming Vietnamese chowdown in a few weeks in Southbay, I tried this place following the lead of another hound. I checked out this place and tried one of the not so commonly found dish - cha cha thanh long. It is basically a skewered cubes of catfish marinated in slightly sweet tumeric based marinades. Fresh tasting and delicious. One order consist of two skewers on a sizzling platter. I would like more of those catfish - too little serving size. A separate plate of HUGE amount of various greens: romaine lettuce, cilantro, basil, dill and few other leaves. A good amount of soft rice noodles is provided. Also, a small bowl of sauce heavy in shrimp flavor, vinegar, fish sauce and sugar. I am supposed to mix the greens and the rice noodle with the catfish cubes and poured a little bit of the sauce to flavor it. This dish is delicious and by itself will fill you and another person. $11.75
I also ordered "banh xeo", vietnamese crepe with fillings of beansprouts, shrimps(with shells on but good eaten whole) and small pieces of meats. Again, lots of greens are given. $5.75
This place has good number of seldom find dishes.
Service is minimal as usual in Asian places like these - but it was busy lunch time. But the food came within 5 minutes after I ordered them. Incredibly fast.
The ambience is decent, table cloth and clean.
But because the dishes I tried were good, I left satisfied and will return again and again. It's important to get your first taste good. Otherwise, you won't come back.
1422 dempsey road, milpitas 408-956-1000
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