New Orleans Shrimp Spring Rolls

New Orleans Shrimp Spring Rolls Another use for red remoulade sauce, in a place you might not expect to find it. It may seem strange, but remoulade sauce and pasta go well together. This is especially true of the rice noodles used in Southeast Asian cooking. And shrimp, of course. Shrimp: Leafy tops of a bunch of celery 1 bay leaf 1 Tbs. Tabasco 1/2 lemon, sliced 2 Tbs. salt 1 lb. shrimp, 25-30 count 1/2 cup red remoulade sauce (see recipe) Rolls: 12 round rice paper wrappers 8 oz….

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Hoa Hong 9 (Nine Roses). French Quarter: 620 Conti. 504-324‐9450.

Hoa Hong 9 (Nine Roses). French Quarter: 620 Conti. 504-324‐9450. Hoa Hong 9 (Nine Roses) French Quarter: 620 Conti. 504-324‐9450. Map.CasualAE DC DS MC V Website ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS The most ambitious Vietnamese restaurant in the area, Hoa Hong 9 (it means “Nine Roses”) not only cooks every Vietnamese dish you ever heard of, but also a full Chinese menu, too. That adds up to almost 300 dishes, including many found in no other local restaurants. A major renovation to the original West Bank location made it a more welcoming…

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Hoa Hong 9 (Nine Roses). Gretna: 1100 Stephens. 504-366-7665.

Hoa Hong 9 (Nine Roses). Gretna: 1100 Stephens. 504-366-7665. The most ambitious Vietnamese restaurant in the area, Hoa Hong 9 (it means “Nine Roses”) not only cooks every Vietnamese dish you ever heard of, but also a full Chinese menu, too. That adds up to almost 300 dishes, including many found in no other local restaurants. A major renovation since the hurricane makes it the most welcoming of all the Vietnamese places, and a good place for the uninitiated to begin their discovery of this exciting cuisine. Prices are almost laughably low. More to come. . .
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Doson’s Noodle House. Mid-City: 135 N Carrollton Ave. 504-309-7283.

Every time I dine here, I walk out with the feeling that I haven’t been to a restaurant, but that I have walked in to an accidental offering of food, and that I gave that guy walking around the dining room more money than he was expecting. Then I leave, and feel that I am in Chinatown in Los Angeles. There is something fun about this, but I can’t explain it.

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Namese. Mid-City: 4077 Tulane Ave. 504-483-8899.

Owner Hieu Doan explains the essence of Namese this way: “We cook in the traditional Vietnamese style, but we also cook the new dishes we have fun creating in our kitchen.” If you always eat pho with brisket when you dine on the food of Vietnam, you will find it done well here. But if you are up for something a little different (or even a lot), that is here too. All credible, delicious and very fresh. Click for the full review and recommended dishes. . .

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Pho Nola. Metairie: 3320 Transcontinental. 504-941-7690.
Asian

Pho Nola. Metairie: 3320 Transcontinental. 504-941-7690.

Pho Nola Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 3320 Transcontinental. 504-941-7690. Map.Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY As the name implies, this is a specialist in the wildly popular beef-broth-and-noodle soup called pho (pronounced “fuh), plus the many minor variations on the dish. Compared with other sources of the soup Pho Nola is a little above average. Also here are bahn mi sandwiches, which seem to be under the influence of some mysterious force that makes it impossible for there to exist on this earth a bad bahn…

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Three Happiness. Gretna: 1900 Lafayette St . 504-368-1355.
Asian

Three Happiness. Gretna: 1900 Lafayette St . 504-368-1355.

Three Happiness Gretna: 1900 Lafayette St. 504-368-1355. Map.Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Like a number of other West Bank restaurants, the Three Happiness serves a both Chinese and Vietnamese food. The family that operates the place is Vietnamese, however, and although they cook decent Chinese dishes, it’s clear that their hearts are in Vietnam. However, a few years ago they broke away from the many other Vietnamese places on the West Bank by serving dim sum–the little Chinese dumplings and appetizers–on Saturday and Sunday mornings, from 9 a.m….

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Northshore Empress. Covington: 31 Louis Prima Drive. 985-871-6975.
Asian

Northshore Empress. Covington: 31 Louis Prima Drive. 985-871-6975.

Northshore Empress Covington: 31 Louis Prima Drive. 985-871-6975. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Until a few pho shops began opening on the North Shore in the past year, people often asked me why there was no Vietnamese food in either Mandeville of Covington. They were surprised when I told them of this place, which many of them knew was there–usually from having seen it from the parking lot of Copeland’s, across the street. The assumption was that North Shore Empress was Chinese, because of its good looks….

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Banh Mi Sao Mai. New Orleans East: 14321 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-3977.
Vietnamese

Banh Mi Sao Mai. New Orleans East: 14321 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-3977.

Banh Mi Sao Mai New Orleans East: 14321 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-3977. Map. Very Casual. Cash only. WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A number of Vietnamese restaurants were already selling banh mi when this little outfit began specializing in the sandwiches. Resembling poor boys, bahn mi are filled with as wide a range of ingredients as poor boys are. But very different ingredients. Instead of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo you get lettuce, pickled carrots, cucumbers, fresh herbs, Sriracha-style hot sauce, and a few other things about which the less you know…

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Ba Mien. New Orleans East: 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-255-0500.
Vietnamese

Ba Mien. New Orleans East: 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-255-0500.

Ba Mien New Orleans East: 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-255-0500. Map.Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The name means “three regions,” and reveals a subtle aspect of the menu here. It draws from the cooking traditions of all parts of Vietnam, and includes a few specialties not encountered in other local Vietnamese restaurants. The restaurant is a bit more accessible than most Vietnamese places in the east to non-Asians: it’s at the corner of Michoud Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway. WHAT’S GOOD For the most part the customers here…

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Pho Orchid. Metairie: 3117 Houma Blvd. 504-457-4188.
Vietnamese

Pho Orchid. Metairie: 3117 Houma Blvd. 504-457-4188.

Pho Orchid Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 3117 Houma Blvd. 504-457-4188. Map.Casual.AE DC DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY “The Nouvelle Cuisine Of Vietnam” says the building’s marquee. Well, it is a new restaurant. But unless you’re completely new to Vietnamese cooking, you won’t find anything menu here that you haven’t at least seen in other local Vietnamese restaurants. As the name implies, the specialty is pho–the beef-broth-and-noodle soup, and all of its dizzyingly numerous variations. The cooking is a bit above the local average, however, and even…

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Pho Tau Bay. Gretna: 113 C West Bank Expy. 504-368-9846.
Vietnamese

Pho Tau Bay. Gretna: 113 C West Bank Expy. 504-368-9846.

Pho Tau Bay Gretna: 113 C West Bank Expy. 504-368-9846. Map.Very CasualMC V WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The first Vietnamese restaurant to specialize in the brothy beef-and-noodle soup called pho, this utilitarian little place overcomes the starkness of its address (an old strip mall off West Bank Expressway) to attract as loyal a following as held by any restaurant in town. Pho Tau Bay is always busy, and with good reason: the food is good, served in almost laughable abundance, and sold at bottom dollar. Many Vietnamese like eating pho first…

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Kim Son. Gretna: 349 Whitney Ave. 504-366-2489.
Vietnamese

Kim Son. Gretna: 349 Whitney Ave. 504-366-2489.

Kim Son Gretna: 349 Whitney Ave. 504-366-2489. Map.CasualAE MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Kim Son was the city’s first successful Vietnamese restaurant, and still one of its best. It offers a much broader menu than most other local Vietnamese places, and the inclusion of a great many familiar, fall-back Chinese dishes makes this a good place for a person to try this exciting Southeast Asian cuisine for the first time. The prices make eating here one of the great bargains in the entire area. WHAT’S GOOD Kim Son cooks with…

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Kim Anh’s Noodle House. Harahan: 6624 Jefferson Hwy. 504-739-9995.
Vietnamese

Kim Anh’s Noodle House. Harahan: 6624 Jefferson Hwy. 504-739-9995.

Kim Anh’s Noodle House Harahan: 6624 Jefferson Hwy. 504-739-9995. Map.Casual.MC V WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY Kim Anh is the city’s best maker of pho–the famous Vietnamese beef and noodle soup. And given all the pho shops that have opened around the New Orleans area in recent years, that’s saying something. The key is the broth, which is purer and better-tasting than any other I’ve tried. WHAT’S GOOD The menu consists almost entirely of variations on just three dishes, all of which involve noodles in various forms. Leading the list is the…

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Frosty’s Cafe. Metairie: 3400 Cleary Ave. 504-888-9600.
Vietnamese

Frosty’s Cafe. Metairie: 3400 Cleary Ave. 504-888-9600.

Frosty’s Cafe Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3400 Cleary Ave. 504-888-9600. Map.Very Casual.MC V WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY A small Vietnamese cafe in an unlikely place, Frosty’s has a limited menu even by the standards of pho shops. What they cook is good enough, although even a minimum of effort will find much better versions of almost everything on the menu. The place remains in our crosshairs because it was the first place in New Orleans to serve a unique Southeast Asian drink. Misleadingly names “bubble teas,” these in…

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Dong Phuong. New Orleans East: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-0214 .
Vietnamese

Dong Phuong. New Orleans East: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-0214 .

Dong Phuong New Orleans East: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. 504-254-0214. Map.Casual.AE DS MC VWebsite WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY The leading restaurant in the New Orleans East Vietnamese community, Dong Phuong does it all: pho, a long menu of other Vietnamese dishes, and–most famously–banh mi, the Vietnamese poor boy sandwiches. They bake their own bread for that, even. And it’s almost laughably inexpensive. WHAT’S GOOD The menu covers all the essentials of Vietnamese cooking, from the offbeat, soupy breakfasts enjoyed mostly by Vietnamese people to an array of entrees so large you’d…

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