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Bun Bo Hue?

Suggestions for a good place to get this in boston? Or, for that matter, a good rich, toothsome beef noodle soup thats different from the classic pho? (Not that there's anything wrong with that). I've tried the Roast beef noodle soup at wangs, and love that.
So either spicy bo hue or rich, and dark chinese beef soup...thanks!

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  1. I thought Pho Yuen Dong's BBH was the most intense and had the best bits in it.

    1. I've had Bun Bo Hue it at Pho Hoa in Chinatown and Dorchester - it's pretty spicy and really good!

      1. I've had it at the Vietnamese place in Woburn. It was huge, had a tasty broth but disintegrating noodles. I had a cold at the time though and couldn't really taste anything anyway.

        1. Dong Khan in Chinatown used to make an excellent one - spicy, with the round, thicker rice noodles, and with real pig's feet - though I haven't had it in a while. It used to be available only on weekends, though I think it has since made its way onto their regular menu.

          1. I am somewhat biased, but the Bun Bo Hue at Pho Hoa in Dorchester is really good, and about as authentic as it gets. My parents are from Hue and my mom helped create the recipe. I have yet to try the other Bun Bo Hue at the other restaurants in the Boston area, so I can't give a detailed comparison. Hope this helps!

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            1. re: PhoKng

              That's good to know. By coincidence, I tried this dish at the Chinatown Pho Hoa and I was a little disappointed. The pig's foot had no meat on it and it was mostly tendon and just a little ground pork. the noodles and broth were good though. perhaps just not my cup of tea.

            2. The bun bo hue at Xinh Xinh is not bad.

              Taiwan Cafe has a pretty good spicy beef noodle soup. I slightly prefer the version at May's Cafe in Allston, but have been there in a very long time.

              1. I used to like Pho Hoa, but I think that this place has slid so far downhill over my last 5 visits. Ordered Bun Bo Hue last Sunday that was so bad I swore I've had enough of this place after several bad experiences.

                1. Which Pho Hoa location was this, the Dorchester or Chinatown? And what exactly was the problem with the soup? Was it the flavor of the broth, the meat, the noodles? You've been eating at Pho Hoa for years, and I definately respect your opinion.

                  1. I had it at xinh xinh and it was ok (though its so easy and tastier to make it at home). Agreed Pho hoa (chinatown) has really gone downhill lately. They used to be one of my faves. The service was rude and the food just wasn't up to par.