Desserts, Savory Treats, and Drinks

Bakeries And Coffeehouses

Appears in

Little Saigon Cookbook: Vietnamese Cuisine And Culture In Southern California's Little Saigon

Little Saigon Cookbook

By Ann Le

Published 2011

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Little Saigon is a place that celebrates food aromas, and on a typical morning the fragrance of freshly ground coffee from coffeehouses and freshly baked bread from bakeries wafts through the air along Bolsa Avenue. It could be said that this is no different from any U.S. city street where bakeries and coffeehouses are commonplace. But there’s nothing typical about these Little Saigon destinations. The bakeries here sell baguettes, cakes, and croissants along with traditional Vietnamese che, holiday mooncakes, and the Vietnamese sandwiches called banh mi thit. The coffeehouses aren’t simply for coffee and tea and reading; they also sell drinks such as sugarcane juice and soybean milk and during the evening are transformed into cafes with alcoholic beverages, dancing, and singing. Clearly you’re a long way from Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks.