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Le Saigon

On a night with one of those horrendous downpours where you can’t see a foot in front of you, I ended up having dinner with A in Paoli at Le Saigon. It was pretty deserted on this weekday holiday. I hadn’t been there in years, and it certainly seems the menu has changed. There’s actually pho permanently on the menu now, which is a nice plus! And there’s also many more dishes that seem straight up chinese. These dumplings were pretty standard pork filled steamed dumplings. These were good, but nothing special.
A always gets the lemongrass chicken at any vietnamese restaurant she goes to, so she went with that again. She liked it just fine.
It was too humid for pho and I wanted something different, so I got the sesame tofu. It was basically like sesame chicken, only with tofu triangles. It was pretty good! When it got cold, it wasn’t nearly as good because the tofu got pretty hard and too chewy, but otherwise, it was a good base for the sweet and savory sauce. Service was just fine. We don’t have that many options for vietnamese food in the burbs, so this is a pretty good one.

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Latest Sampan Happy Hour

I was getting a little bit of the afternoon doldrums so I made an executive decision to go to happy hour at Sampan. You know what actually truly triggered it? Twitter, yeah, seriously. Sampan actually tweeted that it was going to be happy hour soon and I totally fell for it. It’s cool though, because their happy hour is totally happiness-inducing. We sat at the kitchen bar because as you know, I love seeing my food being cooked.
The vietnamese spring roll with shrimp, pork, and mushrooms. Delightful.
The duck egg rolls with cucumber, scallion, and lime. These were chock full of hot ass duck. When I say hot, I mean hot, some fell on my chin and burned me. I didn’t mind, they were great.
The adorable kobe slider wtih soy and swiss cheese.
The kobe hot dog, sans mustard. I love that they cut it into thirds for you and that the bun is also toasted.
The filet satay with apricot soy, and mirin and the korean bbq beef satay with short rib, kimchi, and ginger. Excellent, as usual.

Surprisingly, my favorite dish of the day was the crispy brussel sprouts with fish sauce, pulled rice, and chilli. These were so unbelievably awesome! Slightly crunchy, super savory, just great. Whoever does not like brussel sprouts needs to try these!
Lastly, here’s the kim chee fried rice with shrimp, shallot, and sunny side egg. This was a giant bowl of food. It wasn’t quite spicy or kimchi enough for me, and the shrimp just seemed unnecessary, but it’s still a decent dish. These little popcorn shrimp are fairly tasteless and benign anyway, so I didn’t see the point of them. As usual, this was so much fun. It’s beyond a good deal and it’s cool to get to try so many different dishes. We ordered way too much food, which can be easy to do here with these small dishes. It sounds like since they’re so small it wouldn’t add up to much, but damn, we were beyond stuffed! I love the happy hour here!
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Pho & Cafe Viet Huong – Know What To Order

I’ve been dragging K out of his house lately. And since he’s a First Person Arts star, he got us passes to the PIFA Slam Nation Event. Before that, I made him go eat on Washington Ave at Pho & Cafe Viet Huong, But then he went and ordered the most wrong dish on the  menu. For whatever reason, at a vietnamese pho restaurant, he ordered the shimp and pork egg noodle soup. This had egg noodles in a broth with shrimp, lean pork, and ground pork. The noodles were the really thin kind and sadly, the broth was mad bland. Even after attacking it with sriracha and hoisin and limes and whatever else, it didn’t get any less bland.
I stick to tried and true stuff here and since I didn’t want pho, I went with the charbroiled pork and crispy spring roll vermicelli bowl. This is just fine here, but their noodles have gotten really fat and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think it’s better with the really skinny vermicelli noodles. I also got an avocado shake but it wasn’t all that great. I think I should have gotten a fruit one instead. I think this was from a powder and it wasn’t very avocado-y. Better luck next time!
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