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Vietnamese eats at Tully Road (San Jose) & Binh Minh

Han Lukito | Aug 3, 200209:38 PM

A big chow day today on the way to Santa Clara fairgrounds.

The food court inside Lion Plaza (Tully and King) has several interesting food booths. One booth has many people lined up - it's at 12 o'clock position. So we(4 of us) ordered a bowl of noodle soup with several interesting ingredients. I noted some egg/tofu canelle with interesting texture. In it are pork/chicken blood, sliced beef that has speckles of fat, pork patty slices and egg noodle. The broth is slightly reddish orange in color.

At another booth, I ordered xiu mai which essentially is a pork meatball served with a slightly sweet sauce. Also I got a large steam bun which is excellent. It has lap chong (red chinese sausage), pork and egg.

I also got the "appetizer" plate at different booth which has several soft white chow fun with pork filling and some has shrimp filling. It also has tasty sliced white pork patty, shrimp fritters, mini vietnamese eggrolls and a different but tasty unidentified fritter. These are normally dipped in sweet sauce before eaten.

For drinks we got juices of sugar cane (the real thing), orange (freshly squeezed) and coconut. All very refreshing.

On our way home from the fairground on Tully Rd before the 101 freeway, we stopped by Binh Minh which is inside a small shopping complex. This place makes their own tofu. I got the fried tofu which has bean threads and black specks of some unidentified ingredients (possibly mushroom). This is a very tasty tofu. Bought 12 of them home and consume them with sweet soy sauce and some chilis. They also have delicious seasoned tofu sold in small packages. I also bought the tofu skin roll with pork - another good buy here. All for only $5.00 - good for a hearty dinner with steam rice.

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