I've enjoyed two meals at Bahn Cuon Tan Dinh, in the Fubonn shopping center on 82nd, over the past three days. Tonight I had "the special". It's not on the dinner menu, but it is always available. I am not very familiar with Vietnamese food, but basically, this dish consists of a number of spicy, delicious ground beef sausages wrappred is something similar to a grape leaf, angel vermicilli cake (essentially fine, sticky rice), a plateful of lettuce, herbs/leaves, pineapple and plaintain, and sheets of rice paper. You dip the rice paper in water to soften, add fillings, roll it up, dip it into a chili lime sauce, and enjoy. The sausages are on the catering menu and are called Bo Cuon La Lot.
The owner/host is extremely personable and very accomodating, and the restaurant itself is has a very cool, clean, pleasant ambiance. On the weekends they feature a hot desert bar. We tried a dish that consisted of small rice balls, and bigger rice balls stuffed with a slightly salty mung bean filling, floating in a sweet, ginger flavored broth, accented with a dollop of coconut milk. Very tasty. The sweet and salty tastes complemented each other nicely
Dinner for three including one appetizer, desert, plus a stuffed pastry to go: $30.00. I can't wait to go back.