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#1 Sarah Posh

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 11:14 AM

Hello Tdot! I was wondering if any of you could recommend a few places where I could get Vietnamese food. I'm kinda new to the cuisine, so I'm not sure where to go or what to try. Are there 'beginners' dishes that I should try first before moving on to the bolder stuff?

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:47 PM

QUOTE(Sarah Posh @ Oct 9 2009, 07:14 AM) View Post
Hello Tdot! I was wondering if any of you could recommend a few places where I could get Vietnamese food. I'm kinda new to the cuisine, so I'm not sure where to go or what to try. Are there 'beginners' dishes that I should try first before moving on to the bolder stuff?

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Welcome Sarah,

I'm afraid I can't help, as I haven't lived in Toronto for a long time and had limited experience of good Vietnamese food when I was there, but I would also be interested in the answer to this question!
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:21 PM

I know nothing about Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto, but I do have a couple of suggestions for "beginners' dishes." By all means, start with pho (pronounced 'fuh') and spring rolls. Pho is a clear broth soup to which one adds noodles and other options - sauces, chiles, meats, onions, cilantro, etc. It's very popular among Asians and non-Asians alike and you need to know about it. Supposedly the name comes from the years that the French occupied Vietnam and is a phonetic version of the 'feu' from 'pot au feu.' It's best to eat it with chopsticks and a spoon. You use the chopsticks to pull up and eat the noodles. And then the spoon to finish off the broth. If you're not good with chopsticks, use a fork to fish out the noodles.

Get the spring rolls as a starter.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 03:44 PM

Hit Spadina - it's a plethora of Asian eateries.

There are 3-4 great noodle places on the west side and 2 great Bahn mi places as well. The names escape me at the moment but I think one is Golden something.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 08:29 PM

Look for banh xeo, a lacy crepe stuffed with sprouts and shrimp (or pork). You cut off hunks, wrap in a lettuce leaf, with herbs and eat. Great textural and temperature contrasts.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 12:45 AM

Thanks all for the tips. I'll be sure to try pho cuz I've heard of it before. Not sure about the banh xeo though. maybe later on. I'm not too far from Spadina so I'll check it out.

Where do you usually go to find information about Vietnamese food?

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 05:04 PM

QUOTE(Sarah Posh @ Oct 9 2009, 05:45 PM) View Post
Not sure about the banh xeo though...

Where do you usually go to find information about Vietnamese food?


There's nothing challenging to the Western palate about banh xeo. In fact, I think there's very few Vietnamese dishes that are, maybe some that are heavy on fish sauce and stuff like blood cubes, but in general the flavors are restrained and balanced.

Living in Seattle, almost everything I've learned about Vietnamese food is from experience. There are some good cookbooks out there, but there's no substitute for asking a restaurateur what's best and what their favorite items are.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 01:51 PM

Thanks Tighe. I googled the banh xeo and that stuff looks good! Looks like an omelet haha. Actually, I did find a site called www.pho411.ca. Looks like it's got a lot of information too.

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 03:45 PM

Sarah -

I think many MF'ers know about Vietnamese food and would be more than happy to offer you some really good tips about the cuisine, but they know nothing about Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto, so they haven't looked at this thread.

I'd strongly suggest you post your question in the Asian section. Call it something like "Getting to know Vietnamese food - where to start" or something similar. I think you'd get many more helpful responses.


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