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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon - Westminster (Little Saigon)

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As I was getting the sandwiches at Banh Mi & Che CALI Bakery for our picnic, I sent the middle '87 off to buy banh cuon (Vietnamese rolled rice noodles) at Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon, which is located a few doors down in the same strip mall. I had stopped by here, and next door at Ba Tu Trai Cay Ngon, when Lan of Angry Asian Creations was in town, but she had only wanted mangosteens. Obviously, I couldn't blog about Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon when I hadn't tried the banh cuon.

As you can see, they do sell plenty of jackfruit and other tropical fruits.

 And fresh flowers too.

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The signage also says they sell mi (Vietnamese egg noodles), but I didn't buy any that day.

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The middle '87 bought a shrimp banh cuon and a pork and Nam Meo (Vietnamese Tree Ear Fungus) one. $3 each for 1-lb of each.

How much do I love that they gave us an extra bag of Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce) and Hanh Phi (Vietnamese Fried Shallots)?

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Didn't the shrimp banh cuon look so lovely? Pretty pink and green jeweled tones.

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But then, the pork and mushroom banh cuon looked might tasty too.

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Even for a to-go shop, both noodles were expertly prepared. You can just tell by the pictures how carefully each noodle was rolled and stuffed.

Almost done gathering our picnic supplies. We still needed to get drinks!

The stops as we built our picnic at the Great Balloon at the Orange County Great Park:
Tip Top Sandwiches - Garden Grove (Little Saigon)
Banh Mi & Che CALI Bakery - Westminster (Little Saigon)
Hot Vit Lon Long An - Westminster (Little Saigon)

Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon
8922 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

1 year ago today, Foo Foo Tei Noodle House - Monterey Park (Closed).
2 years ago today, Belacan Grill - Redondo Beach.


  1. Hi WC,

    I bought some mangosteens where your friend did, and I have to say I was pretty disappointed: they were inedibly old!

    Boy, I wish I had tried that shrimp banh cuon while I was there! Beautifully wrapped, indeed...

  2. you know i haven't tried my hand at making banh cuon. does it tear easily when you try to roll it?

  3. I been following your site and just want to let you know how much I enjoy reading all of your post.

  4. My mom just picked up for me a package of banh cuon that looks just like your photo -- delish. That's the kind of fast food I like :-)

  5. Nice! I always find it intriguing how the prepared rice noodle sheets are always so thin and chewy. So much better compared to the cheaper dim sum houses! I don't think I could even finish the bag of nuoc mam cham. Too much for me :).

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  7. Tammy,
    I think my friend's mangosteens weren't so great either. They weren't even that great of a deal. I bought some closer to me that were way fresher and soooo good!

    I have no idea. I've never tried making my own banh cuon either! :P

    Yummy Tummy,
    Why thank you!

    Me too! And it definitely doesn't feel as heavy as eating American fast food.

    It was great. I just poured it into a jar and saved it in my fridge for when I need a batch and don't want to go to the trouble of making it.

    Thanks! I tried one VNese restaurant in Paris, but it was in the 7th arrondisement and I know that's not where all the good stuff is. Still, it satisfied my need for VNese food at the time.


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