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You know a place is good when a large two story restaurant is nearly always packed with local folks. And it’s even better when it’s cheap!

The interesting thing about this place is that the kitchen is located across the street from the dining rooms so all day long young servers are constantly running back and forth across the street carrying huge trays laden with food, many of them big bowls of soup. That they don’t spill or dump these trays while dodging the sometimes hairy traffic is a minor miracle.

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The place is a family favorite—the food is terrific and the prices are even better. A huge lunch (we always bring home enough leftovers to satisfy dinner and sometimes breakfast) for four runs about US$20, which includes five dishes, rice and drinks.

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One of my favorites: Tumeric ginger chicken.

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Hot sour soup with fresh cod and seasonal vegetables.

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Barbecue fish. Sorry, i’m not sure what kind of fish … I just know it’s GOOD!

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A popular drink to go with lunch is a refreshing lemon soda. It’s actually made with what we know as limes; lemons are not available in Vietnam. Basically what you’re making is fresh limeade. You’re provided with a little sugar, lime wedges, a glass of ice and a can of soda.

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First put in a couple teaspoons of sugar, squeeze a couple lime wedges on top and stir the mixture together. Then add soda water and voila, lemon soda.

Man, oh man, cheap eats never tasted so good!

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