Quan Lam Linh
Duck Tacos

Tuesday nights are taco nights at this street-side roast duck outfit deep in the wilds of Ho Chi Minh City's District 2. Every night of the week, Lam Linh's husband and wife team, Tuan and Trinh, serve their spit-roast whole ducks stuffed with móc leaves (a member of the citrus family) with a delicious fragrant homemade black sauce. On Tuesdays, the Californian owner of the nearby Saigon Tacos factory delivers fresh-off-the-griddle soft corn tacos and bottles of authentic Mexican taco sauce to Lam Linh to create the ultimate - and sublimely delicious -- street food fusion food. With the tacos on hand, Lam Linh's north Vietnamese duck experts prepare platters of their melt-in-the-mouth roast duck, filleted and deboned, with each roasty-brown morsel ready to be plunged into a bowl of black sauce, then a bowl of spicy red taco sauce, laid on a soft, chewy, warm taco and blanketed with fresh holy basil, Vietnamese balm, slices of cucumber and a dollop of chunky fresh salsa. What happens next is a heavenly symphony of Vietnamese and Mexican, poultry and corn, sweet and spicy, best washed down with a cold Saigon Red beer.

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544 Nguyen Thi Dinh, District 2
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