I’ve moved 16 times. So when I settled in San Jose, I thought I could finally get some real Vietnamese food.
But where to go?
A friend brought me to the Grand Century Mall food court in East San Jose to catch up over bánh xèo. It had been years since I’d torn through this sizzling crepe of coconut cream and rice flour batter. Shrimp, slivers of pork, mint, and bean sprouts spilled out the lacy edges of a golden crisp semicircle.
It tasted like home.