Upon arriving in Hội-An, a quaint town in central Vietnam, I asked locals where I could find the best maker of these mild curried noodles the city is famous for. I tried many, but none compared to the exceptional version made by Nguyễn Thị Sinh. I stayed at Ms. Nguyễn’s kitchen for hours asking questions, taking notes, and snapping photos. See Web site for more photos of that special visit. This is her dish, wherein supple noodles float in a light curried broth, topped with roasted peanuts. At Nguyễn Thị Sinh, each table is treated to a few additional plates: one with greens and herbs to add as the noodles are eaten, another with limes for squeezing, green chilies for munching, and a pile of crunchy rice crackers to eat like croutons.
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