We finally had our local meal that beats anything we’ve had in the US. We had amazing Ban Xeo Hue, Nem Nuong Mia and Nem Chua Nuong at Quan 52 (Banh Xeo by Cho Dam). This place was recommended by both the hotel receptionist and the cabbie as the best Banh Xeo in Nha Trang. The kitchen was a cart with an extra table for the fryer, and the inside of the restaurant had haphazard tables and plastic chairs. The dough of the Ban Xeo was just crispy enough of the outside with the right combination of shrimp, squid, pork, boiled egg and bean sprouts on the inside. My lesson learned is that we need to eat at more simple stalls with a small menu than the formal restaurants. My favorite meals have all been in places with plastic chairs.
My rudimentary Vietnamese came in handy – I was able to figure out the short menu and order for us. The longer I’m here, the more I understand and the more I’m able to sound out words. I think I’m going to try to watch the news in Vietnamese when I get home so I can beef up my vocabulary.