Song Long’s bánh mì choices are fine: salty sardines, smoky grilled pork, a savory pate. But Song Long is one of those Vietnamese bakeries where the art of French-inspired pastries is the true treat, and one only needs to eat a couple of pate chauds to wish the French occupation stayed around a bit longer. Think of the puff pastry as the best pot pie this side of Iowa: flaky, buttery, with piping-hot pate in the center, twirled around so it looks like one of those ziggurats-in-progress you remember from your elementary-school history. The sweet croissants—almond, strawberry, chocolate, raisin—sing with sweetness and possess a flakiness similar to the pate chaud, one almost as delicate as silk.
Song Long Bakery is the Little Saigon version of Jax Donuts or Norms: a standard, one that has stood for so long people take it for granted, leaving the venue to old-timers who never challenge the owners to create something fresh. I've passed by... More »