Today’s snack: shrimp pancake from Green Leaf.
The menu at the ID sliver (one of the city’s best Vietnamese restaurants, mind you) is crazy long, rife with banh xeo, vermicelli bowls, and phơ. So in the interest of negating what-the-hell-do-I-order anxiety, just go with a pancake (one is quite filling). Made with rice flour and pleasantly fluffy, the cakes are almost crepe-like, flipped as if an omelet, and slightly sweet in finish. Dress one up with an accompanying jungle load of basil, mint, and greens; finish with a healthy dousing of earthy fish sauce; then relish in a decision-free meal.