vietnamese food


V.20 No.17 | 4/28/2011
Ham hock and pork garlic sausage make   bun bo hue   a fine swine soup.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Café Trang

Flavorful forks in the road

Though the plating and presentation of the food at Café Trang is classy, the place has a no-nonsense pragmatism that’s just as pronounced. The walls of the clean, open dining room are nearly barren, sending the message that all artistry is reserved for the food. And the drink options are at the top of the menu, rather than the bottom where they’re usually found—a refreshing bit of sensibility given that your drink order is the first thing the server asks of you.

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V.20 No.6 | 2/10/2011
Steamed bass is under wraps.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Saigon Restaurant

A tale of two Saigons

The process by which restaurants get selected for this column involves equal parts strategy and serendipity. New restaurants, if they’re any good, are no-brainers for coverage. But sometimes a case can be made for older places, especially if the Alibi has never covered them.

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V.20 No.3 | 1/20/2011
A Thai-style hot pot is cooked right on your table.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Pho Saigon

Pho for the fun family

In recent years, Albuquerque has been home to at least four Vietnamese restaurants with “Saigon” in its name. Those familiar with Vietnamese cuisine won’t be surprised, as its pool of restaurant names, by some unwritten decree, remains curiously small. So many contain the word “Pho” you’d think it was a synonym for Vietnamese food, rather than a bowl of soup.

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V.19 No.51 | 12/23/2010
Special spice lemongrass beef soup
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Pho #1

Seven courses of Christmas beef

Eating Chinese food on Christmas is a tradition in some American Jewish communities, since Chinese restaurants are the only places that stay open for it. Along with Jewish folks and much of Asia, most of world’s population doesn’t celebrate Christmas—which can be a bit hard to remember stateside.

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Viet Q special noodle soup
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Viet Q

When good things come in pretty packages

My favorite Vietnamese restaurants are the durable type. With worn floors, and few frills beyond a TV on mute and perhaps a jungle of real and fake plants, those tired-looking dives are often full of Vietnamese customers, and for good reason. They serve the real stuff, unfiltered and unedited for an American audience.

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