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.