1. Homeland food at Vung Tau (San Jose)

    Vung Tau

    Banh Khot aka mini Vietnamese Pancakes

    Vung Tau San Jose

    Banh Hoi with Nem noung (meat balls) and pork chops

    Vung Tau

    Com Tom with grilled onions wrapped in beef

    Vung Tau

    You can’t visit the South Bay without having Vietnamese food. San Jose is the second largest Vietnamese population in the US, so you know it has to be good. Per recommendation of miss Instagram Thaoism and Yelpers, we went to Vung Tau for our only Vietnamese meal. Vung Tau is one of San Jose’s longest standing Vietnamese restaurants in rhw community.

    The popular dish in Vung Tau, Vietnam, is Banh Khot (mini Vietnamese pancakes with shrimp shavings) and coincidently it is the most popular dish here. The mini cakes are to be wrapped in lettuce and dipped in fish sauce. All I can say is that it’s hella bomb and just like the homeland. The lunch concept at Vung Tau is pretty cool where you get to mix and match your meats (pork chops, grilled pork, grilled beef, pork meatballs, etc) to a rice base carb such com tam, banh hoi, etc.  Pretty awesome concept and a way to load up on your protein.  Overall the food was good, but for dinner I can see the bill racking up.

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  2. bbq pork, bok choy, and shitake mushrooms

NY Steak and Banh Hoi

Bun Bo Hue with oxtail, brisket, and the pig hoof
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. For this special day I wanted to shoutout my moms joy for cooking Vietnamese food. Nothing beats moms cooking. My mom is so kind to put together dishes with my suggestions for components. 
Also, I did a mini mother’s day write-up on NW Asian Weekly on a memorable Mother’s Day experience. Love you moms!
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    bbq pork, bok choy, and shitake mushrooms

    NY Steak and Banh Hoi

    Bun Bo Hue with oxtail, brisket, and the pig hoof

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. For this special day I wanted to shoutout my moms joy for cooking Vietnamese food. Nothing beats moms cooking. My mom is so kind to put together dishes with my suggestions for components. 

    Also, I did a mini mother’s day write-up on NW Asian Weekly on a memorable Mother’s Day experience. Love you moms!