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Thiên Long draws in large crowds of families with its expansive menu that features dishes from around Vietnam.
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Thiên Long's bún chà cá lã vọng , a traditionally northern dish featuring lightly fried morsels of catfish, topped with copious amounts of dill and sizzling onions.
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Kim's Sandwiches offers a variety of classic versions of the Vietnamese sandwich on crispy, crusty baguettes as well as various other treats, including custardy desserts, fresh rolls, and pastries.
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Inside Kim's.
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A bánh mi from Kim's.
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Mì quảng ga --tender, moist steamed chicken and yellow egg noodles, served in a tiny pool of broth and topped with peanuts, bean sprouts, hot peppers, mint, and a tangle of tentacle-like banana flower.
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This Central Vietnamese restaurant goes by two names: Nhà Hàng Phở Gà Vàng and Bún Bò Huế Dông Ba.
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The Story Super Market sells a range of East and South East Asian products, from shrimp paste to galanga powder to fresh durian.
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Dông Ph'u'ong Tofu offers a dazzling array of soy-based dishes.
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In the center of a larger shopping center at the corner of Story and McLaughlin is the monolithic Grand Century Mall.
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Bánh khọt --these lightly fried rice pancakes are crispy on their bottoms while maintaining a sweet doughy softness in their cupped centers, where a tiny shrimp is placed.

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In Grand Century Mall's food court, Thuận Phát serves up excellent, bánh bao --mildly sweet, puffy steamed buns stuffed with ground pork, sausage, and egg.
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In Grand Century Mall's food court, visit Bánh Khọt Vung Tau for its signature dish, bánh khọt .

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O-Mai International Snacks sells delicacies ranging from dried abalone to five-spiced plum to deer jerky.

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A branch of local bánh mi chain, Lee's Sandwiches.
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Privately funded banners welcome shoppers to "Little Saigon."

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Near San Jose State, Nhà Tôi offers excellent versions of Northern Vietnamese specialties.
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In San Jose, a Taste of Saigon