Monday, January 5, 2009

Dong Khanh Restaurant

Banh cuon are steamed rice rolls filled with seasoned minced pork, wood ear mushroom and onion and served with thin slices of Vietnamese lean pork cake, mung bean sprouts, julienned cucumbers, torn Thai basil, shallot crisps and a generous amount of nuoc cham.

I had this banh cuon ($5) from Dong Khanh in Chinatown for lunch today. This is my best Vietnamese food find in Boston thus far.

Although Dong Khanh uses previously frozen pork cake instead of fresh pork cake that’s been steamed in banana leaves, this dish is still superb due to its exquisitely delicate and fresh rice rolls. I don’t know how they do it, but the rice rolls always taste like they just came off of the steamer 2 seconds before they landed on my table. Amazing!

I also had an order of goi cuon ($3) which were pretty decent. They decided to leave out the requisite herbs and substituted leaf lettuce with iceberg lettuce, an unfortunate trend in Boston Vietnamese restaurants.

This is a Vietnamese restaurant run by Cho Lon Chinese, so the menu carries many Chinese items as well. I will contintue to go to Pho Pasteur for pho, but this place definitely has better bun thit nuong, banh cuon and fruit smoothies.

Dong Khanh Restaurant
83 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-9410
Vietnamese Cuisine


Gastronomer said...

When you need a Vietnamese fix, this place will do in a pinch ;-) Iceberg makes me sad.

Kathy said...

Gosh! so mouth watering! been 2 years i havent eaten bánh cuốn! :((

Hungry Huy said...

+1 on the iceberg sadness. This banh cuon looks delicious. I'm used to eating these out of styrofoam packages =O. Gotta find a good restaurant for that. Is there a large Vietnamese community in Boston?

Tia said...

There is a decent Vietnamese community in Boston, but we certainly don't have the restaurants to show it! Wanna move here and open one up? :)