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Best Vietnamese Bun Thit Nuong (noodles) in Vancouver

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noodle_addict May 20, 2007 01:46 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for recommendations for Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio, the Vietnamese vermicelli noodle dish with grilled pork and spring roll.

I spent some time exploring the possibilities in Toronto (documented here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/102822) and now I would like to find the best examples in Vancouver. I understand that I'm probably going to have to head toward East Vancouver and Burnaby, so please don't limit the recommendations to downtown.

Thanks very much.

 
  1. alex8alot May 20, 2007 04:29 PM

    Unfortuantely I have nothing to contribute, but have been dying to know where to get this in VAncouver as well. It is my favorite summertime dish. I have tried a few places along Kingsway that just weren't any good: not enough fresh vegetables, hard, clumpy noodles, underseasoned meat.

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    1. re: alex8alot
      waver May 21, 2007 07:56 PM

      This sounds like something I would like to try. Can you get it at the usual pho or Vietnamese sub suggestions or is it usually a more specialized item?

      1. re: waver
        n
        noodle_addict May 21, 2007 09:11 PM

        Almost every Vietnamese restaurant I've been to has some variation on this dish, though some of the sub (banh mi) places seem to only sell subs. There are usually options available other than grilled pork and spring roll, but those are my favourite additions. Some places offer versions with grilled shrimp on sugar cane, and/or lemongrass chicken, and/or shredded pork.

        I tried a place called Cuu Long yesterday, at 3911 Knight (at Kingsway). It was pretty good. The pork was very nicely grilled, but the spring roll wasn't very interesting. Everything else about it was decent and the staff was really nice.

        1. re: noodle_addict
          waver Jun 24, 2007 04:39 PM

          I had it today at Au Petit Cafe on Main. It was awesome. A nice amount of very fresh salad vegetables, good lemongrass chicken and nice spring roll. Companion had same with shredded pork and liked it too.

    2. n
      noodle_addict Jun 28, 2007 11:49 AM

      Okay, I tried a place called A Taste of Vietnam (1016 W Broadway). It was excellent; one of the best examples of this dish that I've had. Delicious, perfectly cooked pork. A substantial, tasty spring roll. Plentiful veggies, including lettuce, cucumber, carrot, bean spouts, and scallions. Not much in the way of fresh herbs like cilantro or mint, which are things I enjoy, but it was still very good. It was slightly larger than many of them and it was reasonably priced. I will definitely be back.

      1. lexnrena Jun 28, 2007 03:30 PM

        If you ever get out to Abbotsford there is a restaurant called New Saigon in the mall behind the royal bank on the corner of South Fraser way and Clearbrook road.
        Ask for the Henry's Special it just what you are looking for
        I find his pho is a little different than others in town spiced slightly different but good none the less

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          n
          noodle_addict Jun 28, 2007 06:58 PM

          Thanks! I'm passing through Abbotsford this weekend. I will try to stop in to check out New Saigon.

        2. n
          noodle_addict Jul 25, 2007 12:42 PM

          I tried Au Petite Café (4851 Main Street). Great little place with friendly staff. The sandwiches, which looked tasty, were a popular item, but I had the Bun, of course. In retrospect, I'm not sure I ordered the right thing, because mine didn't come with grilled pork, only a larger quantity of shredded pork. I didn't get another look at the menu to confirm whether the grilled pork option is offered, but what I ate was very good. Lots of fresh herbs, including very strong basil. The spring roll that comes with the dish was massive and meaty. Almost too big for my tastes, but it tasted good. I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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          1. re: noodle_addict
            waver Jul 28, 2007 08:22 PM

            I was there today and had grilled chicken - I looked but didn't see grilled pork. The lemongrass chicken was good though. The vegetables and herbs were super fresh.

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