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

kittychow Mar 19, 2007 09:18 AM

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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    Dizzied RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 09:30 AM

    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. MC Slim JB RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 12:53 PM

      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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        fenian RE: MC Slim JB Mar 19, 2007 12:58 PM

        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).

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          Dax RE: fenian Mar 19, 2007 02:22 PM

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

      2. galangatron RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 12:53 PM

        canh chua

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          catspercapita RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 03:08 PM

          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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            Allstonian RE: catspercapita Mar 19, 2007 03:45 PM

            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.

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              jenniferdines RE: Allstonian Mar 20, 2007 06:10 PM

              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.

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              GilbyEast RE: catspercapita Mar 30, 2007 06:59 AM

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

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              Gordito RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 04:18 PM

              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.

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                oneeyejack RE: kittychow Mar 19, 2007 04:28 PM

                #29 is good.

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                  iluvbacon RE: kittychow Mar 20, 2007 09:22 AM

                  I usually get an order of the combination fried rice (shrimp, chinese sausage, chicken and veggies) at the end of the meal to go. Honestly one of the best fried rice in town.

                  1. litchick RE: kittychow Mar 20, 2007 12:49 PM

                    I second (or third!) the bun -- I get it with chicken, which they grill perfectly (and add a good kick of lemongrass). Outside of that, I adore the salted fish fried rice.

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                      BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: litchick Mar 20, 2007 02:53 PM

                      I'm a big fan of the bun with either beef or pork. I honestly can't remember the last time I ordered anything else, and I still haven't gotten sick of it!

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                        fenian RE: litchick Mar 20, 2007 07:56 PM

                        i second the salted fish fried rice

                      2. NYA Joe RE: kittychow Mar 21, 2007 01:15 PM

                        I haven't had anything spicy where the fire wasn't from the hot sauce added afterwards. There was a fish stew that had some kick, but I wouldn't really call it spicy. I always get the BANH HOI TOM NUONG, which is like make-your-own spring rolls. It's really a wonderful dish. Make sure to ask for peanut sauce, and put some of that hot sauce on it for a kick.

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                          fenian RE: NYA Joe Mar 21, 2007 01:49 PM

                          oh yeah, i've had that before. it was very good but messy so i didn't order it again. this dish is a must if you love the chewy texture of rice paper rolls. i ended up making what amounted to rice paper soft tacos. i guess i'm not dexterous enough to roll proper rolls.

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                            MC Slim JB RE: fenian Mar 21, 2007 01:58 PM

                            I think banh hoi is like hand-rolling cigarettes (or using chopsticks): I've definitely gotten better with practice. I was in Ottawa recently and ran into something I hadn't seen before: pre-softened rice paper wrappers, served in an apparatus that separated them with what looked like snap-together plastic plates patterned after waffle fries. The first few were fine, but the last few had gotten sticky from drying, not good at all.

                        2. Monty RE: kittychow Mar 31, 2007 02:10 PM

                          They have a couple of curry dishes that are somewhat spicey. But there's very little fire to be found on this menu. I should qualify this by saying I've not been since the change over to Le's. Was this just a name change or wholesale ownership?

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