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Vietnamese Lemon Beef Salad

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vulber Oct 14, 2009 11:12 AM

A few months ago I had this delicious dish at Tu Lan, and I was trying to find a recipe so that I could try to make it myself. On Tu Lan's web site, they list this dish as "Bó Chanh", except that when I search for this, I get no results, other than "Bó Tai Chanh", which appears to be something different.

Any suggestions/help?

  1. fmed Oct 14, 2009 11:20 AM

    Could it be bo luc lac?
    http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.c...

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      vulber Oct 14, 2009 11:29 AM

      no, this is a salad with lemongrass

      however, i'm wondering if it might be bun bo xao

      1. re: vulber
        Robert Lauriston Oct 14, 2009 11:44 AM

        Is it a noodle salad?

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          nicedragonboy Oct 14, 2009 02:34 PM

          as a Vietnamese guy, it does sound like you are describing Bun Bo Xao. No idea why they would call it Bo Chanh.

      2. lexdevil Oct 14, 2009 11:56 AM

        Are you sure it's not Bó Tai Chanh? That marinated raw beef salad with lemon is a real favorite of mine.

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          nicedragonboy Oct 14, 2009 02:35 PM

          On the topic of Bo Tai Chanh, where's your favorite rendition? I really like the one at Pho 84 in Oakland, though it's been a while since I've been there. That and their spicy beef salad is the only things I really like there any more.

          1. re: nicedragonboy
            pastryqueen Oct 14, 2009 05:09 PM

            believe it or not, the bo tai chanh at Rang Dong on Webster is very, very good.

            One of my favorites!

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            Rang Dong Restaurant
            724 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607

            1. re: pastryqueen
              nicedragonboy Oct 14, 2009 09:51 PM

              i've passed it by countless times, and have never been. But is there anything else on their menu that you would recommend?

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                lexdevil Oct 15, 2009 12:21 AM

                I can't even think of Rang Dong without pining for Vi's!

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                  pastryqueen Oct 15, 2009 04:24 AM

                  everything else on the menu is just "fine". Not horrible, but not great. But that Bo Tai Chanh? REALLY good!

                  I also mourn Vi's on a near daily basis. . the chicken salad, the depth of their broth, the duck leg soup, the pork won ton soup and great conversation with the oldest brother. . . Vi's hold a very special place in my heart and I miss it so!

              2. re: nicedragonboy
                lexdevil Oct 15, 2009 12:20 AM

                I like it so much that I even like the version at Le Cheval! I have to admit that it's the first place I ever had it, something like 20 years ago, and that gives it a warm place in my heart. The Le Cheval version is presented more like carpaccio, with the meat spread out on the plate (rather than the more salad-y presentation at some places), and it includes lots of thin lemon slices (which I like to eat with the beef).

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                  pastryqueen Oct 15, 2009 04:25 AM

                  one of the few dishes I find passable at Le Cheval. . . altho sometimes the beef is over marinated and it gets "flabby". . . I like the little matchsticks of fresh ginger they use.

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              vulber Oct 14, 2009 12:22 PM

              I believe there were noodles. Also, most of the results for Bo Tai Chanh contain no references to lemongrass, just "marinated in lime"

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                wolfe Oct 14, 2009 02:36 PM

                Do these ingredients look familiar? Was the beef cooked?
                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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