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Oct 13, 2006 10:56 PM

Help me find this Vietnamese dish- Bun Bo Satee

Hi all, when I lived in NYC, almost weekly I would visit my favorite Vietnamese place (Nha Trang in Manhattan Chinatown) and order something called Bun Bo Satee. As the name suggests, it was vermicelli noodles with chopped beef in a spicy, peanuty sauce. Really more of a stew than a standard bowl of bun. It was insanely delicious and I miss it. And I haven't seen it on any menus here (inc. Vietnam House, My Hunh, Golden Deli)

Anyone know where I can get it?

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  1. Unfortunately, I can't find any such item on any of my Vietnamese menus. The closest I've found so far is the Beef Satay Sauce w/ Rice Noodle in Kim Ky Noodle House, which is a Chieu Chow/Vietnamese restaurant. However, it normally comes with wide rice noodles (item #13: "Hu Tieu Sate Bo"). They have another dish listed as having Bun, so I think you could probably ask them to substitute the Hu Tieu with Bun. Even if you cannot, it's still a really tasty dish. They are open seven days a week from 8 AM to 6 PM.

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    1. re: raytamsgv

      chiu chow satay noodles are a thing of beauty.
      i've never had it in the states however....

    2. Kim Chuy, a Vietnamese Chiu Chow cafe in the 727 Broadway complex in Chinatown has (or had) something similar, called spiced beef noodles. Not bad at all.

      1. Trieu Chau, 1st Street & Newhope in Santa Ana


        New Trieu Chau, Brookhurst & Westminster in Westminster.

        What you are looking for is called Hu Tieu Xa Te

        These restaurants are not related. The one on 1st is better.

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        1. re: rbjd

          Since this thread has been "popped" to the top, I will say this: DO NOT GO TO NEW TRIEU CHAU FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. It is DISGUSTING. It wasn't spun off from Trieu Chau; it was rejected by the host body.

          1. re: rbjd

            Yes, first Trieu Chau is the original and far superior. The Hu Tieu Sate at Trieu Chau is this spicy, peanuty, coconuty stew type stuff on top of rice noodles. It has meat, but it may be pork instead of beef. Tried finding that same sate sauce in the grocery and it's different. You might want to check it out although not sure how close it will come to your NY place.

          2. I think I have seen a dish very similar Bun Bo Sa Te at Lee Kam Kee in Alhambra on Valley Bl. They have excellent Chinese-Vietnamese dishes and very clean and reasonable.

            1. At Kim Ky Noodle house (mentioned by the first commenter), you can request for the type of noodles your want (thin or wide rice noodles, thin or wide egg noodles. They havve a beef satay chow mein which is messy looking but tastes pretty good.