mmm…Fried Tofu

Going to Bahn’s on 9th Street makes me feel cool.  I know that they serve special food on certain days and not-so-special food every other day of the week.  I have a favorite menu item.  Best of all, the nice lady behind the counter now recognizes me and knows my ordering preferences.  (Wednesday’s Vegetarian plate, extra vegetable side) 

For those of you not already in the know like me, Bahn’s is on 9th Street.  They normally serve Chinese food that appears to sit under a lamp all day .  But something special happens on Wednesday and Saturday, and they add to their menu very good Vietnamese food at very good prices. 

 The best and most popular dish is the fried tofu with black bean sauce served with sticky rice.  It is best eaten fresh, when the tofu is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.  I go on Wednesdays as a pre-pint night ritual, when the tofu  is accompanied by a vegetable side of broccoli, bean sprouts, and bok choy.   The very best part is that they sprinkle crunchy brown onions all over the top.  On Saturdays, it comes with a somewhat less spactacular spring roll.  Other good things that I have tried are the pork and celery soup, the shrimp with rice noodles, and this weird rice flour bun thing filled with unidentifiable chunks of meat. 


Fried Tofu Vegetarian Plate

 I am not sure what made Bahn’s decide that Wednesday and Saturday are so special, but they have made Wednesday an auspicious day for me, at least. 

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 8:54 pm  Comments (10)  


  1. I’ve had the ‘Wednesday’ veggie plate on Saturdays too. It’s one of very very very few places I’ll order something veggie and really enjoy it. Yum!

  2. Bahn’s rocks, and the food and counter-service never lets me down. I should go more often, come to think of it. Thanks for reminding me.

  3. been eating at banh’s around twice a week for 8 years now, initially drawn in by the tofu plate but learned
    to try any other special they come up with. the phos on saturday are usually excellent (especially the beef), as well as many of the weekday specials, with the thursday pork’n’tofu my current favorite. amazingly kind and generous people too, one of the most cherished durham institutions. and if you see a regular dish NOT on the hot bar then definitely order it, because it will be super fresh.

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  6. Bahn’s normal veggie dish isn’t horrible either. It’s just stirfried veggies in sauce but it’s quite delicious. It’s definitely not in the hot bar (to be honest, I rarely see things in the hot bar there) but they go to the back and make it and it’s quite good.

    Their veggie dish on Wednesdays is also delicious but not as much variety on the veggies.

  7. Explain to me what this magical sounding “weird rice flour bun thing filled with unidentifiable chunks of meat” is. Are we talking dimsum like seseme ball? Or is it more of a flat fried roll kind of a deal?

    As I am relatively new to the area, this site has been helpful in determining where I should consume food. Unfortunately I never remember this place unless its Tuesday or Sunday which does not do me any good at all.

  8. Their food on the non-Vietnamese days does NOT sit under the lamp all day, at least not anymore. They seem to make most everything to order nowadays, and usually there is almost nothing under the steam table when I go in (frequently, for the past eight years). They will make just about anything you ask for. Their hot and sour soup is very good, too — the guy who works there told me the grandmother makes it every night for the next day. But I shouldn’t be saying this I don’t want too many people to know about this place or I will never be able to get a seat!

    By the way, the spelling is Banh’s, not Bahn’s.

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  10. I’m not a huge tofu fan, so I just get Chicken and Vegetables instead. It’s the same yummy black bean sauce, but with chicken and veggies! I still get the delicious sticky rice with ground peanut over the top as well.

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