100 Favorite Dishes: No. 39 -- Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Spring Roll "Bun" From Saigon Cuisine

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As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.


No. 39: Grilled Pork, Shrimp, and Spring Roll "Bun" From Saigon Cuisine 

At this authentic Vietnamese restaurant, framed by multi-colored walls with flat panel TVs displaying gorgeous images of rural Vietnam, folks from all over South Florida gather
to sample some of the best cuisine that country has to offer. We're talking bubbling hot pho rich with anise and ginger; crusty banh mi sandwiches larded with house-made pate; and ice-cold boba smoothies made with tapioca pearls and exotic fruit. But one of Saigon Cuisine's most sought-after prizes is also one of its simplest: the vermicelli (rice noodle) "bun," a massive ceramic bowl overflowing with sticky rice noodles, crisp bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, shredded carrots, daikon, and a veritable field's worth of hand-torn mint and basil leaves. The buns come in dozens of varieties, but the catch all version with grilled pork, sticky-sweet shrimp, and a few crisp spring rolls is something special. The best method of attack is to squirt on a few globs of intensely hot chili sauce kept on each table. Add a splash or two of nuoc mam, a tangy-sweet sauce the color of nectar, and you'll get sweet, spicy, and savory in every bite.

Saigon Cuisine
1392 N. State Road 7, Margate

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No. 41: Tamari Scallop from SAIA
No. 42: Escargots from Aruba Beach Cafe
No. 43: Gelato Cup from Sonny's Gelato Cafe
No. 44: Tuna Tartar from Canyon Southwestern Cafe
No. 45: Banana Praline French Toast from the Hurricane Cafe
No. 46: Paneer Makhani from The Palace 
No. 47: Bruschetta Pizza from Pizza Fusion
No. 48: Falafel Sandwich from Falafel Bistro
No. 49: Philly Cheese Steak from Philly Steak Sub Shop
No. 50: Bizcoche de Maiz from Maracas
No. 51: Rotisserie Chicken from Publix
No. 52: Encebollado de Pescado from Cafe Paraiso
No. 53: Fish Tacos from Kahuna Bar & Grill
No. 54: Lobster Corn Dogs from Rok:Brgr
No. 55: Gazpacho from John G's on the Beach
No. 56: Black & Blue Oysters from Shuck-N-Dive
No. 57: Latin Macho Burger from Latin Burger
No. 58: Dover Sole from French Corner Bistro & Rotisserie
No. 59: Cider Doughnuts from Chef John Carlino
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No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
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No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
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No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
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No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
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Saigon Cuisine

1392 N. State Road 7, Margate, FL

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