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SD-Vietnamese on El Cajon

Dumpling | Nov 11, 200211:45 AM

Last night I went to Da Nang for the second time. It is a small restaurant, about 6 tables, with pretty bare bones decor, and the tables a little sticky. Once again, the service was friendly, the servers suggesting things for me to order, explaining what sauces were. So far, I have enjoyed the noodle dishes the most. The one we had last night was noodles with shrimp and pork (I think everything had shrimp and pork). It had prawns and big hunks of tender pork with noodles wider than vermicelli in a little bit of flavorful curry broth. It came with lime, peppers, bean sprouts, mint, basil and lettuce. Every bite was a burst of different flavors. Yum.
We also got pork and shrimp wrapped in tapioca flour, which came with fish sauce. These little dumplings had great flavor, but the tapioca flour wrapping was so gelatinous it was hard to chew! Tasty, and an exciting texture. The last item we had was sesame cracker in rice flour. It turned out to be a crispy sesame cracker, wrapped in what was basically a giant noodle.
Crunchy and squishy together. Great texture, kind of boring taste. It came with a murkier brown fish sauce.
I would definitely recommend this place, especially for noodles, but try other things, too, you'll find something surprising. It's next to the 7-11 on El Cajon at Euclid.

Pretty much across the street from there, in a white mini-mall, is Kim Chan Sandwich shop. I have really enjoyed the bbq pork banh mi from here. Sweet, savory, crunchy, spicy. Also, they have a great dessert of tapioca with coconut milk and plaintains.

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