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Banh Cuon Tay Ho, Oakland report w/ pics

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We ate here for lunch on Sun 7/8/07. After sitting down we got the menus to look at plus a pot of tea. Had to ask for ice water which we then got.

I love banh cuon and wanted to try it here. Only problem is they have 3 kinds of banh cuon and I couldn't pick the one I liked. I got #8 Banh Cuon Bi (4 Cuon) for $6.25-mixed sliced pork wrapped in flour sheet. It looked like shredded pork and something else wrapped around like a fresh roll.

I want to ask them if they can make banh cuon cha lua-the dish I had a Thanh Thanh in Newark. I love that dish there.

Also got:
#19 Banh Beo Bi Tom Chay $5.95-baby steam rice cake w/ shredded pork & ground shrimp. These were ok. Not much flavor but they have a pint of fish sauce that you can use for dipping. Best to add hot sauce to it too.

Last dish was:
Com Bi Cha Thit Nuong-$6.45-rice plate w/ mixed pork, pork egg cake, bbq pork. It was ok, comes w/ one bowl of soup.

I saw another table get Vietnamese ice coffee. The restaurant pre-makes it for you. Glad I didn't get one.

Total w/ tax was a little over $20 (before tip).

Cash Only. Cross st: Webster.

This is restaurant #9. There is a Banh Cuon Tay Ho 8 in SJ.

pics:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow...

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Tay Ho Restaurant
344 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Thanh Thanh Sandwiches Food to Go
6180 Jarvis Ave, Newark, CA 94560

Tay Ho
2895 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95111

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  1. Thanks for the report! I always wondered how the food was there, 2 doors down from Binh Minh Quan. The banh beo dish I had in Vegas seemed better because the shrimp wasn't ground up that finely. Do they have pho on the menu?

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      1. re: hhc

        I had pho there for lunch today, a small #1 combo (rare slice of steak, well-done brisket, flank, tendon, tripe & beefball). Some of the beefballs had some hard cartilage inside, which I definitely consider a defect, and some of the basil was too old, but the tripe had an excellent texture, in my opinion, as did the tendon, the rest of the ingredients were good, and while I wouldn't be surprised if there's better pho to be had in the area, I doubt I've had any as good in New York, so I was satisfied.

        There are at least 6 other branches of this small chain, which the lady behind the counter told me started in Westminster, CA some 30 years ago.

      2. re: DezzerSF

        I went there once.. and also found it okay, but not stellar. And it is so hard to walk all the way down there and *not* go to Binh Minh Quan!

        1. re: merle

          I moved here from the Little Saigon. I went to the Banh Cuon Tay Ho on Bolsa all the times. Never had a chance to visit this one in Oakland, but heard so many good dishes serves in this restaurant. Finally, my friends and I went there for lunch. Parking is difficult here compare to South. Luckily they validated 1 hour from the China Town Parking Lot. It is a walking distance, but worth it. It considers large and roomy compare to the one on Bolsa, that only have five tables there. I know this place is well known for banh cuon, but wanted to try sometimes different. Most of the dishes serve large and small and only 50 cent different. I tried the Com Tam Suon Nuong add Ga Nuong. It turn out pretty good, not alot of places made their meat juicy and favorable. My friend had the Bun Rieu add OC. Oh boy, it tastes so good, can't find everywhere taste like this in Oakland. My other friend ordered the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong. They separated the veggie on a small plate. I think it is a good idea, because some people don't eat veggie. We also got this Bot Chein(rice cake pan-fried with eggs and dipped it with the special sauce), it taste exactly what I remember from Vietnam. I couldn't find it down South which taste like this either. I will go back again soon to try some others, I am sure it will surprise me again.