The kitchen is pretty much right on the street so in addition to platters of live crab about to be cooked, it’s the first thing you see when you enter the restaurant. Lots of restaurants here don’t have doors or walls in the front so everything opens up right onto the sidewalk.
There were five of us eating so we ordered 2 plates of glass noodles sauteed with crab (mien xao cua), 1 plate of crab fried rice, 1 plate of soft shell crab with tamarind (cua lot xao me), 1 plate of battered and deep fried soft shell crab (cua lot chien bot) and 1 plate of crab stuffed egg rolls (chia io cua). The deep fried crab, noodles and rice all came out first so I had a couple bowls of that to start. The deep fried crab was probably my favorite dish. The batter was the perfect consistency and the crab meat was fresh and tasty. I dipped the crab into the sweet chili sauce they provided which made it even better.
We ate the noodles, rice and deep fried crab in probably less than 10 minutes and then moved onto our second set of dishes: the crab with tamarind and egg rolls. The crab with tamarind was covered in a sweet sauce and topped off with fried onions. The egg rolls had crab meat and crab meat only inside.
I think in this case, the pictures do most of the talking. If you come visit me this will be one of the first places I take you.