Everything comes from Andrea Nguyen recipes. We had:
-Salad rolls w. hoisin dipping sauce (tasty, though hard to wrap especially when you're overwrought)
-Stuffed squid w. ginger lime dipping sauce (okay)
-Banh xeo (failure)
-Stir fried beef with french fries (hit)
-Garlicky noodles with Maggi sauce (hit)
The last flank steak I cooked from the Richmond New May Wah market was inedibly tough, so for the stir-fried beef, which I've made a few times before, I bought the slightly more expensive $6.99/lb. ribeye. Great. I'm amending the recipe permanently. You serve this beef on top of the fries and it is smashing.
Isabel chose the dessert, Vietnamese coffee ice cream from a super-easy David Lebovitz recipe: Mix 1 1/2 cups strong coffee with 1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup half-and-half. Freeze in ice cream maker. Very delicious. Recommend.