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Le's (Pho Pasteur) non-pho recs please

Having lunch at Le's and think I may change up my routine and NOT order pho. I've been dozens of times and have only had pho. Would like to try something new and *spicy*. Thanks!

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  1. There's a soup -- I can't remember what it's called, but it's not pho. It's something like sweet and spicy soup -- it has pineapple and tomato in it and your choice of meat or fish (I like salmon) and is served with rice. I think it's under the house specials section. I love it, especially when I'm getting a cold -- all that heat, all that vitamin C...yum. I pretty much alternate between it and pho.

    1. I like the chicken salad, banh hoi (roll-your-own fresh rolls) with pork, carmelized fish (I like the catfish better than the salmon), and watercress soup. The banh xeo (crepe) is not bad.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        i was going to recommend the caramelized catfish. lemongrass chicken or tofu is pretty good. i've never really had anything bad there. even the desserts are decent. i like the spice tray on the tables too (none of the dishes are spicy, and this restaurant doesn't really make things spicy, but the sriracha can spice things up a bit).

        1. re: fenian

          Third the carmelized catfish but I don't recall it being spicy at all.

        1. I like the "bun" (vermecelli noodles with shrimp, veggies and crispy spring roll on top), and the "dried, spicey,salted squid". All very tasty.

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          1. re: catspercapita

            Oh, yeah, I love the bun. I got it on a whim once a couple of years back and fell in love - now it's hard to order anything else! I agree with others that the dishes I've had there aren't intrinsically spicy - you have to make use of the sriracha and other condiments provided on the table.

            1. re: Allstonian

              The vermicelli is my FAVORITE. I ALWAYS get that...I can't order anything else either.
              For an appetizer, the shrimp toast is SO good.

            2. re: catspercapita

              Bun is so wonderful! All winter: Pho with pork. All summer: Bun!

            3. I like the "thin vermicelli" -- you get some lettuce and thin rice-flour pancakes, some mint or basil, the noodles, whatever gilled meat you have ordered, a bit of sauce, some cucumber, and a bowl of hot water. Dunk the pancakes in the water to soften them and have a nice meal of Vietnamese burritos.