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Gangchen's Vietnamese curry coconut: 100 Favorite Dishes, no 2

Curry, Vietnamese-style, at Gangchen.
Curry, Vietnamese-style, at Gangchen.

Gangchen restaurant, at 18th and Nicollet, is an unexpected, but useful hybrid, combining pan-Asian fare with a surprisingly hoppin' bar scene--the place stays open 'till 2 a.m. every night!

Gangchen is billed as a Tibetan restaurant, but there aren't many menu items--except the hearty steamed momo--to represent that corner of the earth. Instead, the list includes mostly Chinese, Thai, and fusion favorites, such as cranberry curry.

Gangchen's Vietnamese curry coconut: 100 Favorite Dishes, no 2

The Vietnamese-style coconut curry offers an alternative to the typical Thai-style curries, though its flavor profile suggests a hot, dry, peanut-kissed blend of yellow and Massaman curries, which actually have some Indian influence. The dish is rich with coconut milk, packs plenty of heat, and is served, oddly enough, on a bed of lettuce (with rice, too, of course).

If the greens don't offer enough to cool your throat, there's always slippery Tibetan butter tea--or an ice cold cocktail.

Gangchen Bar & Restaurant
1833 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, 612.872.8663

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