41. Banh Khoai at Huong Vy
Mom said eat your vegetables. She didn't say they couldn't be in a crunchy shell.
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Will we ever run out of new tastes in Little Saigon? Will we ever finally sound the depths of Vietnamese cuisine? Will it ever be boring driving through Westminster and Garden Grove? "Ho hum, I guess Vietnamese again..."
Not anytime soon. Not while there are things like bánh khoái.
You've had bánh xèo before, the crispy rice pancake folded over vegetables before. But if bánh xèo is a flour tortilla, bánh khoái is its corn cousin. It isn't made from corn, of course; its yellow color comes from turmeric. But it's much thicker, much crunchier, and the sauce you're given is correspondingly stronger tasting than for bánh xèo.
If this isn't a Vietnamese taco, I don't know what else in their impressive foodways could possibly count.
Huong Vy, 9372 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 714-379-0900.
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