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Banh mi bo kho - Which place has the best?

vongarces Nov 17, 2007 08:15 AM

Anybody ever had this? It's not a sandwich but a spiced beef stew eaten with a baguette on the side. Essentially the bread is used to soak up the stew while chowing down on the beef and carrots.

I brought it for lunch one time when my Vietnamese mother-in-law made a ton. Gave a sip to my boss and he ended up taking over the bowl. He likened it to a French beef stew (not surprising).

I've become very particular about the meat quality as the meat is supposed to be so tender that a lot of places use the not-so-good pieces because they know it's going to be tenderized with the slow cooking anyways.

My current favorite is at the Vietnamese - French restaurant at the NE corner of Bolsa and Magnolia in Westminster. Can't for the life of me remember the name.

At this point I'm open to anyplace in LA or OC.

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    ExtraCheesePlease May 21, 2008 03:36 PM

    This is pretty common Vietnamese dish. Not as common as pho but a staple in the Vietnamese household. The last time I ate this dish was at Vien Dong on Brookhurst. Everything at Vien Dong is kick-ass good especially their grilled fish special.

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      gurbie May 21, 2008 02:00 PM

      If you ever find yourself in the UC area of Riverside, try Pho Vinam in the University Center (60 fwy at University Ave, near the theaters). Excellent Bo Kho, four ways: plain with bread, with egg noodle, rice, or rice noodle.

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        Tkn Nov 19, 2007 06:20 PM

        Le Croissant Dore on Bolsa. Love their tongue stew.

        Or Cafe Picasso down on Brookhurst.

        Tai Buu used to have the best flan in town!

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          Ernie Nov 18, 2007 11:46 AM

          Try Lee Kam Kee's version in Alhambra

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            justagthing Nov 18, 2007 09:25 AM

            Many Pho places have this on the menu, such as pho 54 and pho tran lich. You can also choose to have it with egg noodles, which is how I prefer to eat it. Also, in some chinese noodle houses, you can get a beef stew noodle, also very similar, but with wheat noodles (I think). Finally, the meat can vary from cheap to better but my favorite is with tendon. Yummy!

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              bsquared2 Nov 17, 2007 09:24 PM

              I love Bo Kho. My wife makes a fantastic version but she doesn't have a restaurant (yet). It is really good for breakfast and people often have that in Vietnam with the baguette to dip in the sauce. I would think a restaurant like Brodard would have a decent version Usually I get Bun Tom Thit Nuong when I go there.

              My wife also makes Beef Ragu, which is more of a Beef Stew than Bo Kho. With carrot, potatoes and peas. It is really good when the weather starts getting cold.

              1. Professor Salt Nov 17, 2007 08:41 AM

                I think you're thinking of the store where Tai Buu Paris Bakery used to be. It's a different restaurant now that I haven't been to since the change. How recently have you been there?

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                1. re: Professor Salt
                  vongarces Nov 18, 2007 08:20 AM

                  I just stopped by yesterday to order the same dish. You're right, Tai Buu Paris Bakery is gone. It's still a French-Vietnamese place but with different cooks. The previous had a Vietnamese cook who was trained in France.

                  And their bo kho was nowhere near the same.

                  1. re: vongarces
                    Professor Salt Nov 18, 2007 09:16 AM

                    Well, you might stil be able to get it at their more fancy restaurant across town. The address I have is different from the one that come up in Chow Places, so verify before you go.

                    Tai Buu Deluxe Restaurant
                    8861 Westminter Ave
                    Garden Grove, CA

                    1. re: Professor Salt
                      vongarces Nov 19, 2007 05:08 PM

                      Ooh I'll have to check this place out when I'm down there again. Thanks!

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