100 Favorite OC Dishes, #64: Banh Xeo at Quan Mii

At Quan Mii, you can have your bánh xèo with the usual sweet-and-sour nuoc cham, or dribbled with the Sriracha-like bottled sauce the restaurant has trademarked with its own name. No matter which you choose, (or heck, why not both?) the gossamer-thin crepe is ethereally light, crispy and nearly greaseless. Quan Mii is one of the best places in Little Saigon to eat this dish.

The fillings include not only the usual bean sprouts, shrimp and pork, but also jicama, which adds to the texture. As is customary, every order of bánh xèo comes with the obligatory Amazon of herbs, a stack of dried rice-paper discs and something filled with hot water in which to moisten them one-by-one.

Lay down a wetted rice paper on your plate, then add a few herbs, cucumber, lettuce and a torn swatch of the crepe, followed by fillings. Then roll. It takes a few tries, but refine your technique by watching how the other patrons do it. By the third one, you’re a master.

The List:

65. Chanko Nabe at Torizo 
66. Hamshuka from Hummus Bowl 
67. The Reuben at A Market 
68. Everything Cake from Slice Deli And Cakery 
69. Spicy Shrimp And Eggplant from Brio Tuscan Grille
70. Crawfish Mac & Cheese from The Wharf
71. Malasadas from Dough Doughs Hawaiian Cafe 
72. Salsas from Salsa Bandolera 
73. Chorizo Breakfast Bagel at Spigas Bakery and Cafe 
74. Whole Chicken Combo at Falafelo  
75. Toothpick Lamb at Sichuan Impression 
76. Hainan Chicken Rice at Baos Hog 
77. Fruit- and Ice Cream-Topped Waffles at Crave 
78. Garlic Shrimp Poke at Costco 
79. Chimichurri Fries at Piaggo on Wheels 
80. Torta Cubana at Cancun Juice 
81. Adobo Bowl at Irenia 
82. Garlic Noodles at Krave Asian Fusion 
83. Broccolini at SeaSalt WoodFire Grill 
84. Spicy Tuna Roll at Yard House 
85. Amber Roll at Orange Roll and Sushi 
86. Frito Chili Cheeseburger at Burger Parlor 
87. Maui Sunrise at The Original Banzai Bowls 
88. Meals from The Performance Kitchen 
89. Pizza-Sized Quesadilla at Los Sanchez
90. Filipino Brunch at EATS Kitchen And Bar
91. Mexican Chocolate at the Pie Hole 
92. Biscuits at James Republic 
93. Mushroom Flatbread with Kale and Kumquat Salad at Lemonade 
94. Mexican-Style Gelatins from Santa Ana’s Gelatina Goddess 
95. Hot Pastrami Caesar Salad at Bruxie
96. Jalapeño Pupusas at Las Cazuelas
97. Meatball Sliders at Fresh Brothers
98. Buffalo Cauliflower at Mead’s Green Door Cafe
99. Raindrop Cake at Sunmerry Bakery
100. Doughrito at Surfin’ Donuts

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