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Tan Dinh report

khaki | Nov 6, 200408:11 PM

My husband and I tried Tan Dinh last night. It is on Westbank, Manhatten Blvd. right across from the Piggly Wiggly. Everyone here who remarked on the unusual offerings on the menu including a catfish clay pot soup and the rice flour cakes were on the money. There was only one problem -- all of the more exotic house specialties are cooked by the wife of the the husband/wife team who run the place. Our waiter very candidly told us that the wife does not work in the evenings and that the husband is lazy and does not cook the specialties. Our recommendation is to go at lunch.

We did sample the lemon grass chicken with sticky rice. Although I generally prefer white meat, I was surprised at how tasty the leg quarters were that were served with sticky rice cakes that had been crisply pan fried. We also had the char grilled pork with pressed vermicelli. The accompanying plate of pickled daikon and carrots were especially nice with the rich meats. They also had a wide selection of boba teas and shakes (banana/ avocado! -- talk about rich). The homemade soy milk was very yummy with a rather pleasant roasted flavor.

I'd love to know if others have dishes to recommend for our next visit which will be on a Saturday at lunch. I like vegetables and lean meat or tofu preparations. Thanks.

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