Cheap Eats 2013: Banh Cuon Saigon

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.

The Eden Center—the dining mecca for expat Vietnamese—can feel labyrinthine even for those who aren’t novices. This charming cafe lies in one of its deepest corners, and it’s a testament to the kitchen that the place is usually full. Banh cuon, the signature dish, is a gelatinous rice crepe with various fillings (the shrimp is superb), topped with bean sprouts and cilantro. Douse it with tangy nuoc mam sauce from a Mason jar.

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