Saturday, September 5, 2009

Paris Hanoi - Paris

We're On a Vietnamese Kick These Days.....
Hey, what do you want from me? I'm tired of French food at the moment so I'm looking for other things. When I learned of a nearby Vietnamese restaurant I talked a somewhat reluctant colleague into joining me for lunch. I couldn't resist when I saw Banh Cuon on the menu. It was ok, but since I was mentally comparing it to this, there was little chance for it to stand out.

My colleague ordered Cari Ga, a curry chicken dish, which came balanced on top of a mountain of rice. It was tasty but only mildly spicy. Described politely as "a bit on the dry side of things" by my colleague.

Luckily for me, my order was the winner: thit kho to - huge chunks of fatty pork belly caramelized with soy sauce and sugar. I made such a loud "mmmmmmmmm" when I ate the first bite that the couple next to me decided to order two plates of it. This is the best pork dish I've had in recent memory - tender, moist, salty, sweet. I can't vouch for its authenticity, just its deliciousness. You should RUN to this place and order this right NOW.

It's a small place that was doing a furious business while we were there. None of the 20-something seats was empty for more than a few minutes. Sorry for the dark pic - it was stormy and there wasn't much light coming into the front windows.
11th Arondissement

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  1. I would love to run to this place except uh ya know, I'm in LA. Looks tasty.

  2. Caramelized pork does sound like what you would pick out of the menu... especially if they added the word FATTY!!!

    Do they serve Bahn Mi too... I am the Bahn Mi addict!

  3. Pingle - no Banh Mi served here, I don't think. I like fatty!

    Yutjangsah - they got planes, ya know?