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hu tieu my tho or my tho seafood noodle soup in Toronto?

phoenikia Sep 4, 2008 03:02 PM

Where can I find a good version in Toronto?

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    mmom Sep 4, 2008 05:15 PM

    I like to get my my tho fix from Pho Mi Asia on Wilson @ Keele. It comes with the deep fried shrimp cracker, which I never am crazy about, has the chewy glass noodles and a mildly flavoured broth. I haven't had one recently, but I recall it also has chives which give the noodle soup a nice fragrance. By the way, Pho Mi Asia does nice rice platters. My favourite is their Com Thap Cam (i.e., rice with grilled pork chop, grilled chicken, "cha", "bi", and a fried egg). It's the go-to place of my SO's family, which came from Vietnam.

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    1. re: mmom
      phoenikia Sep 5, 2008 07:05 AM

      Thanks mmom. Sounds great...thanks for also mentioning the rice platters. Will have to give this place a try.

    2. Teep Sep 4, 2008 09:23 PM

      What I usually find disappointing when I order "my tho" is the ingredients that came with it, e.g. 1 lone shrimp, 1 or 2 split fish balls, and a stick of fake crab. What would a good one come with?

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      1. re: Teep
        phoenikia Sep 5, 2008 07:04 AM

        The good versions I've tried (mostly in London, On) often have 3 or 4 shrimp, a few pieces of squid, fish balls (sometimes more than 1 kind), crab stick, some chives or other greens, along with the glass noodles in a light broth.

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        buttertartz Sep 6, 2008 02:29 PM

        Any suggestions for places downtown?

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          Teep Oct 4, 2008 01:00 PM

          I just had the one at Mi Mi at 688 Gerrard (note: it's not "Mimi's" as I've seen it called here). This is the "dry" version with the soup on the side. Not bad, just the baby squids were rather tasteless and the noodles a little clumpy.

          1. re: buttertartz
            happycamper Oct 4, 2008 02:47 PM

            Last week I had mytho with seafood in Peach Garden at carlton and college. They are not as skimpy in ingredients as other pho places i have tried downtown (i had a few midsize shrimps, plenty of squid, but no other fish). I really like their soup stock, it was very rich and didnt left me thirsty afterwards, although it did felt a little beefy to me. The waitress asked whether I would like it with or without the soup; I opted for with; i didnt know you can have it without. is that more common?
            I did think, however, that at $7.99, i thought it was a bit pricey.

            1. re: happycamper
              Teep Oct 4, 2008 07:43 PM

              It's common to have your choice of it either in soup, or with soup on the side, i.e. "dry". I just happen to like it dry because the flavour is more intense that way. The one at Mi Mi was $6.95, which is about right. You may get cheaper but probably the ingredients would be skimpier.

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            phoenikia Jan 20, 2009 01:03 PM

            Bumping this thread since someone craving my tho is coming to visit this week. Has anyone had a good version lately?

            Any recs for places on Gerrard or Spadina? Or should I trek to Pho Phuong? Has anyone had My Tho at Peach Garden recently?

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            1. re: phoenikia
              phoenikia Apr 2, 2009 10:27 AM

              Bumping this thread again.

              On Gerrard, is Mi Mi my best bet for My Tho?

              1. re: phoenikia
                dyson17 Apr 2, 2009 06:42 PM

                Saigon Palace serves a very good My Tho.This restaurant is on the west side of Spadina just south of college

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                phoenikia Jun 1, 2010 02:13 PM

                bumping this- are Mi Mi, Saigon Palace and Pho Mi Asia still my best bets for my tho?

                Pho Mi Asia
                1008 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3K1G6, CA

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                1. re: phoenikia
                  peppermint pate Jun 1, 2010 02:37 PM

                  I'm not familiar with the specific dishes you're seeking out and I know that Guu is Japanese but would their broth with noodles, fish cake, seafood, tofu, etc., be at all similar to what you're after?

                  398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

                  1. re: peppermint pate
                    Teep Jun 2, 2010 08:02 AM

                    PP, "my tho" is made with tapioca noodles, a bit like beanstarch (glass) noodles but chewier. And Vietnamese broth is more pungent with cilantro and fish sauce flavourings. Totally different experience from Japanese noodles.

                    1. re: Teep
                      1sweetpea Jun 2, 2010 08:46 AM

                      The best one I've ever had is in Windsor. It is different from others I've tasted because it has a liberal sprinkling of garlic chives, freshly fried garlic slices (and their garlicky oil) and a separate bowl of sauce that is a proprietary mix of soy and a few other igredients (tastes a bit sweet and salty). A bowl of chicken broth comes on the side, which usually has cilantro and another slice or two of the fried garlic floating in it (I've verified that it's chicken and not pork broth, which I believe to be more typical). Add to that a couple of lemon wedges, a chili pepper and season the entire thing to taste with the side sauce and broth. It's incredibly tasty. The ingredients in the bowl are fairly standard (shrimps, squid, fake crab and char siu-type cold pork slices, if you opt for the pork and seafood version, versus just seafood). The my tho noodle version comes with thin batons of celery sticks in it, while the rice and egg noodle incarnation has lettuce (not sure what accounts for the ingredient swap). The owners/chefs come from the southern town of Bac Lieu, but it must be a family recipe, because there is another Viet place in Windsor called Bac Lieu and their hu tieu/my tho noodle bowls conform to the standard most people in this thread have described, though theirs is a seafood and pork mix that sometimes includes heart and liver or else the cold barbecued sliced pork. I'd love to find a Toronto version like Pho Nguyen Hoang's in Windsor. It's fantastic. Does my description ring a bell for anyone in the GTA?

                      Pho Nguyen Hoang
                      510 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A3H9, CA

                      1. re: Teep
                        peppermint pate Jun 2, 2010 10:31 AM

                        Thanks Teep - like I said, I'm not familiar with "my tho". Is the broth similar to "pho" or a totally different experience from that as well? I have so many great memories of traveling through SE Asia (missed Vietnam, though) and eating gorgeously satisfying soups for breakfast in the morning markets - I should make more of an effort to try the many different types on offer here.

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                    lovetoeat888 Jun 2, 2010 05:43 PM

                    I second saigon palace. The my tho both is flavorful and I love the clear yam noodles.
                    Best in the city and one of the original vietnamese restaurants.

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                    1. re: lovetoeat888
                      phoenikia Jun 4, 2010 02:32 PM

                      Thanks lovetoeat88! Have added Saigon Palace back on to my wishlist ;-)

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