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Jan 23, 2008 12:57 PM

NEW Vietnamese Food???


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    1. I was visiting Sacramento, and my friend wanted me to try this Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa.
      Is this a new trend in Sacramento where you roll your own spring rolls.
      Their speciality is pork, and it comes out in boats of different meats and vegetables.
      Their special sauce is very different--mainly because its thick. Good food overall, but is there any in the bay area such as San Jose?

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      1. re: hksnguyen

        Uh, this is a SoCal board. You can find similar locations in San Gabriel 626.

        The names escape me at the moment.

        1. re: ns1

          There is a place in Little Saigon and SGV called Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa that serves nem nuong rolls that you roll yourself. It's also common in Vietnam to do it this way, at least that's how I had it when I was vacationing in Nha Trang in 2004.

          1. re: kingkong5

            They have a location in Little Saigon as well?

            I went to Bun Bo Hue So 1 on yours and ErikM's recommendation this past weekend.... loved it. Will be on my blog pretty soon.

            Delicious cha lua, tastiest pork blood cubes i've had and a very solid broth. The beef shank pieces were chewy, but nothing to scream at anyone about. Next time i'm going back, buying a few bowls back. I bought some of their cha lua and cha chien to go and have been eating it w/ fresh banh cuon from Thai Son.

            How is the BBH at Pho Cong Ly?

            1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

              ah yes, NMKH, that's it.

              re: eatdrinknbmerry

              is pho cong ly the place on westminster near uh emperial seafood or whatever?

              if so I've been going there for some 10-15 years with me mums. only place in little saigon we'll go to.

              1. re: ns1

                NS1, i have no idea. i just tried out BBH So 1 this past weekend. Reading the boards and Yelp, ppl mention that BBH So 1 and Pho Cong Ly have good bowls of BBH.

                on a side note, i got his dish called 'mi quan tom'.... wide egg noodles w/ shrimp. i was served dry noodles in one bowl w/ all the fixings.... and a separate bowl of soup that's a sweeter version of BBH. loved it.

              2. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                Glad you had a good bowl of BBH at BBH So 1. We really enjoy the BBH there. Pho Cong Ly is at least as good as BBH So 1 IMHO, but unfortunately they are no longer in business. It was located at the corner of Magnolia and Westminster, near Royal Capital seafood and behind the KFC. It's too bad they went out of business, but I guess maybe it's because their other dishes on their extensive menu were not as good as their BBH.

                One of my favorite places for noodles is still the old Trieu Chau at First and Newhope. They open really early in the morning (6 or 7?) and close at 5pm, or whenever the soup runs out. Great Mi and Hu Tieu (egg and rice noodles) in soup, but I also like getting their Mi in dry form. They mix in a secret sauce and serve you the soup on the side. Great on the hot days so you don't sweat so much from trying to eat a steaming hot bowl of noodles.

                Another place with excellent dry noodles (mi dac biet kho) is at Mi La Cay, there are a couple locations within little saigon. Have fun enjoying the noodles!

                1. re: kingkong5

                  Thanks. don't get me started on Trieu Chau. been eating there since I was in high school. i love that place.... even if its one of the most dirtiest restaurants ever.

                  i like their sate w/ egg noodles and beef ball/fishcake soup with rice noodles. oh man. i'll usually have my sister buy me 2 bowls worth so that i can freeze it.

                  i'm completely satisfied with BBHS1. Mi La Cay is now on my list. thanks KK.

                  1. re: kingkong5

                    I was just at pho cong ly last weekend. The spicy Bun Bo Hue as well as the owners remain the same for all the many years i've been eating there. ^_^ It's closed wednesday though like other viet places.

                    1. re: kabuki

                      in norcal i assume? i think kingkong5 was saying that the pho cong ly in westminster no longer exists.

                      1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                        I went to the location on magnolia and westminster. It's the only one in existence. It has two names though, maybe that's why kingkong5 thought they closed. If the cold weather and rain keeps up, I'm gonna get some this weekend. ^_^

                        Pho Congy Ly / Saigon Deli
                        8911 Westminster st.
                        Garden Grove, CA 92844

                2. re: kingkong5

                  NNKH is really good. You can get a plate which is enough for two for about $15. We go at least once a week and I really can't find a place outside of Little Saigon that can match them.

                  I thought Vietnam restaurant was good. They are pretty new. You can get 7 courses of beef there. They also have the Golden Deli-style egg rolls (I believe it is owned by the son of the GD owners)

                  Still looking for some new places in the 626. Would love to find a place that has other regional (Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Hue) dishes. I would kill for some Green Mango Salad w/ dried fish!!!

                  1. re: bsquared2

                    yeah i love Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa and Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa. but of course, i think the tastiest nem nuong i tried is at Brodard in Westminster, not the Alhambra location. The sauce is made very well.

                    please post on any Hanoi/Hue places in the SGV, or as I call it, The MSG.

                    1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                      i think NNKH and NNNH blow away brodard per sonally

                      but i also think brodard is the most overrated restaurant within 20 miles of little saigon

                      1. re: ns1

                        There's only one thing that's worth it at Brodard, the rest of the menu there is very meh.

                        Here are my pics from a recent trip to Bun Bo Hue So 1:

                        Bun Bo Hue So 1
                        15450 Brookhurst St, Westminster, CA 92683

                        1. re: SauceSupreme

                          hence my feeling that it is the most overrated restaurant in little saigon ;)

                          1. re: ns1

                            yeah it's definitely hyped up. i think you guys are both referring to the nem nuong right?

                            i'll have bbh so 1 up on my site soon.

                        2. re: ns1

                          Re: Brodard? I don't know if I would go that far. NNKH does a couple of things that put them a couple of notches up. First of all, instead of just egg roll skin, the put shrimp rolls in the spring rolls. Second of all, they also have the sour pork w/ garlic and chili that Brodard doesn't have. The sauce at NNKH is good, but I think Brodard's is a bit funkier (funky is good in VN food).

              3. Has anyone tried Blossom in Downtown (Main and Winston)?

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                1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                  Blossom is weak. I know it's more Americanized, but it's worth the drive to Gingergrass even if you're downtown.

                  1. re: Dylan

                    LOL no thanks, the Vietnamese places in Chinatown are closer to DTLA, and WAAAAAY more authentic than that upscale hipster crap in Silver Lake.

                  2. re: Normal Garciaparra

                    Tried it and didn't care for it in comparison to the regular haunts in Chinatown.