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Monday 10 December 2018

Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa


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This was the first Vietnamese restaurant I ever ate at in the Los Angeles area. It was on an October day in 2015 that was boiling close to 40 degrees celsius, and there was definitely no way a bowl of pho could be ordered. Luckily the special here is the grilled pork patties known as nem nuong, of which I ordered the appetizer portion (below) that comes with a plate load of vegetables to wrap and crunch with as well as multiple dipping sauces and rice paper wrappers.

Khรกnh Hรฒa is a province in Vietnam not quite south, but towards the south end of the central region. Let's call it South Central. Famous for its beautiful Nha Trang region and beaches, tourists are a common sight, but maybe the most interesting regional specialty are these nem nuong.

If you have ever been to the famous Brodard in Orange County, you immediately recognize that they do not give you this option to do the wrapping yourself. After four or five tries, when you start to get the textures combinations just right, you have second thoughts about why that is.

I had a nice video of the Vietnamese coffee straining slowly that would have been nice for here, but cannot seem to find it. On this hot day it needed to be the iced version of course. I am definitely looking forward to coming back here and trying out more of their specials, the place has a great vibe.


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