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Jan 24, 2005 11:27 AM

Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa (please someone explain)

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I went to Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa on Mission and Rosemead, and I thought they would be serving pho, but instead I saw a bunch of regulars ordering the bbq rolls and they were given small plates of something with salt for appetizers, just curious if anyone knows anything about that... thank for a quick explanation. Oh we had Bun there, they were delicious, the meats are tasty.

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  1. you don't go there for the Pho. They are known for Banh Hoi. Ban hoi is steamed vermicilli top with shredded shrimp. It is served with lettuce , mints, egg roll and bbq meatball. You wrap the lettuce with the Ban hoi and either egg roll or meatball and then dip it in the fish sauce. Yummy!!!!Also get the steam rice cakes in the little plates

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    1. re: yo

      Thanks, cause I thought someone mentioned the pho there. I'll make sure to try the Banh Hoi next time.

    2. I just went for the first time on the recommendation of the lovely Vietnamese woman who does my nails. She was trying to explain the dish Dac Biet Banh Beo Chen which is described as "special rice cake steamed right on small bowls" $4.99. Well, that definitely did not describe it very well. I ordered it (along with their great Bun Bo Hue - best I have had, but will get to that later) and out came twelve small bowls on a platter, accompanied by a sweet fish sauce and a dish of sliced thai chilis. What it is is a rice cake (which is very glutenous) and it is topped with dried shrimp crumbles (not fishy, though), a small bread crouton and sliced chives. You put the sauce on top, add a slice of the chili (if desired) and eat it. I got three spoonfools from each bowl. This was DELICIOUS! I also wanted pho, but since they did not have it, I ordered the "Chef's Special" - Bun Bo Hue $5.49 (minus the pigs feet and pig blood). This was fantastic! I was really impressed. This is the best BBH I have had. The flavors were delicious I was really happy with my order.
      The resatuarant is beautiful (dark wood tables) and very clean. The service is great and they are so sweet and helpful.
      When I asked the waiter what they were known for he indicated the two items I had ordered along with the "Dac Biet, Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa" which serves 2 people and includes three pork dishes (all charbroiled) and shrimp eggrolls along with the rice paper and fresh herbs - $13.99.
      I would definitely eat here again. It is located on Mission next to the In-N-Out Burgers.

      Nem Nuong - Ninh Hoa
      9016 Mission Dr
      Rosemead, CA 91770
      (626) 286-3370

      Mon - Sunday: 10am - 9 pm
      Closed Wednesdays

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      1. re: WildSwede


        great description of the banh beo chen. but the small bread crouton is supposed to be a chicharron, a deep fried piece of pork skin, like pork rinds. they make a great snack or light meal, and it's cute getting all the little plates.

        1. re: kingkong5

          Thanks. It would have been really good if it was chicharron, but it was bread. I confirmed it with the waiter. Do you know if there are other places that serve this dish? It was really good!

        2. re: WildSwede

          go into any viet place and just order the dac biet whatever it is...

          and you took out the two best parts of the bun bo hue!

          1. re: modernist

            I know - I had it at KH, but thought I would forego it this time. I actually liked it better than with it. I have given it a try, tho. ;-) The waiter told me to get it with both next time since it "doesn't look good, but tastes really good".

            1. re: WildSwede

              a bag of chicharrones is $1, it'd be funny to bring your own and swap the crouton out.

              modernist, have you had Quan Hy's BBH and what do you think?

              1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                That would be funny. I could also walk in with my own Pho! ;-)

                1. re: eatdrinknbmerry


                  i had it a few years ago, but don't remember very well. im not a huge BBH fan.

              1. re: fdb

                dac biet means "special' in vietnamese. Sort of like ordering your In N Out double double "animal style" or a sandwich "all the way" with everything good in it. Pho Dac Biet is Pho with all the different cuts of meat. So basically, it would mean similar to house special or just special.

            2. The rolls were probably nem nuong. Grilled pork sausage.

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                1. I had the bun bo hue there (the soup wasn't all that, but I thought the noodles were great). Of course, I kept the knuckle and blood cube in there, but just sort of ate around them.

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                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                    If you guys are on the west side of the SGV, I would suggest you try out Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa. BBH is delicious and they just added some new items to their menu. I'm still hooked on the BBH there. Haven't tried their new stuff.

                    1. re: tvnguyen

                      NNKH totally rocks. I eat there at least once a week. Their BBH is fantastic and the Spring Rolls are the best I've had in LA. They have a big platter with rice paper and all the meats and veggies to "roll your own". It's only $12 and is enough food for 2 people. I like the Sour Pork and Patties cooked in Banana leaves. The people who own it are really sweet too.

                      I like to eat Pho, but there are so many different kinds of Vietnamese noodles. I want to try them all! NNKH also has pretty good Bun Thit Nuong. I get it with the Pork Patties extra. Two people can easily eat there for less than $20.

                      1. re: bsquared2

                        I recently ate at NNNinhHoa again and really liked it. It appeared to have more of a full soup taste than NNKhanhHoa. Both are still very good to me still. I love that NNNH has my favorite appetizer... the fried shrimpcake wrapped in bean curd skin.

                        kingkong, i was so hoping that the 'crunch' in the banh beo was chicharron... but it was just a crouton. = (

                        TVNguyen, thanks for the head's up on the new items. what did they add exactly? i love the people that run it... very nice.

                      2. re: tvnguyen

                        I actually preferred the BBH at Ninh Hoa over that at Khanh Hoa (where I did have the pork blood and foot). The overall flavor at NH was much better, I thought. Service and friendliness was equally wonderful at both!

                        1. re: WildSwede

                          WS, i agree and i think both will still satisfy people. I like that NH has more to offer on their menu.... LOVE those fried shrimpcakes.

                          where else can i get good Bun Bo Hue?

                          1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                            I don't know. I am such a Pho freak, that I never would have had the BBH if they would have offered Pho!!

                            1. re: eatdrinknbmerry


                              If you're ever down in Little Saigon, you would want to check out Bun Bo Hue So 1 (#1 BBH) at Brookhurst/McFadden behind the Pho 54. It's their namesake item and it's very good there.

                              There is another place at Westminster/Magnolia called Pho Cong Ly (it also goes by another name which escapes me at the moment) and they do a great bun bo hue there too.

                              I too love the fried shrimpcake wrapped in tofu skin. It's too bad that they have resorted to using bread croutons instead of the traditional chicharron; most places in Little Saigon wouldn't last long with a swap like that.

                              1. re: kingkong5

                                There seems to be a multitude of places in Little Saigon serving bun bo hue and banh xeo.

                                1. re: SauceSupreme


                                  There are tons! But, as chowhounds, I think we look for those who are the tastiest, best value, or most authentic. I would say that a majority of the places on Bolsa can be compared to Denny's - yes, they have it on the menu but it's not really chowhoundworthy. You can pretty much know this is the case when the menu is pages and pages long and covers all the different types of food, just like Denny's.

                                  But there are a few that specialize in a certain food, and they do it well. for example, banh xeo at Van's restaurant, banh beo at Quan Hy, or BBH at BBH So 1, Mi/Hu Tieu at Trieu Chau, etc. These ones are worth going out of your way for.

                                  1. re: kingkong5

                                    Wildswede, i totally hear ya. I used to be a pho freak...but now I'm on a BBH high.... for nearly the same cost... i feel like there's more value and the bowl is more full... even if pork feet and 'pork chocolate' are not your thing.


                                    Thanks, i've added BBH So 1, Pho Cong Ly and Pho Thanh Lich... i hope to try it this weekend. Not sure if the BBH is 'authentic' at Quan Hy, but I certainly enjoy eating that along with their tasty banh beo dishes. As for the fried shrimpcake dish, i like the one served at Pho Pasteur on Valley near Rosemead. I know ppl don't like their pho, but i've heard that their bbh might be ok too. but it's all about the fried shrimpcake there for me. On the day i went to NNNinhHoa, the shrimpcake was soggy and possibly left out. But, it was probably just that day and nonetheless, tasty. I know what you mean when you say that there are so many average Joe places that serve BBH... just like beef noodle soup in SGV... it's on the menu b/c it should be, but may not be the best.

                                    I hope to slip a visit to my ultimate love... Trieu Chau on 1st/Newhope ahah.

                                    1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                                      quan hy is the most famous of the hue style restaurants.


                                        1. re: fdb

                                          Hue is a city in Central Vietnam. They have their own cuisine, though I would leave a description to someone who knows more than I do.

                                          1. re: raytamsgv

                                            It's a distinct region, in the same way someone has a Boston accent, someone from Hue has an accent. Or so I've heard.

                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                              Hue is in Central Vietnam. It used to be where the Emperor lived. The central part of the country does have a different accent and people from Saigon can often have a hard time understanding them.

                                              Hue cuisine is very well regarded in Vietnam. There are many restaurants that feature "Imperial Cuisine", which is very fancy. Hue is a quiet city with lots of beautiful tombs/pagodas and the Citadel (where the Emperor lived). There is more of an emphasis on poetry and art than in a city like Saigon.

                                              That said, Hue cuisine is quite a treat. When we go down to OC, sometimes we eat at Quan Hy, which features Hue cuisine. They have a huge picture of the Citadel on the wall. It's really beautiful.

                                              I am attaching some photos of a Xmas dinner we had at a Hue-style restaurant. It looks amazing and tastes even better.

                                              1. re: bsquared2

                                                Bsquared, thanks for sharing. i'm a huge fan of quan hy.

                                                did they spell NOEL with Sriracha in that photo???

                                                1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

                                                  The photo is from a restaurant called Hoi An in Saigon. It was a lobster salad and they spelled NOEL with the sauce. You can also see Santa's sleigh bringing us spring rolls in another photo (can't think of a better gift). There are quite a few new restaurants in Vietnam that have added more atmosphere in addition to having good food. I think the same thing is happening in Little Saigon with Quan Hy, Quan Hop, Brodard Chateau etc. I love hole-in-the-wall restaurants but it is nice to go somewhere that is nice inside as well. I remember when Little Saigon first developed and there were a limited amount of choices. Now there is a lot more competition and I think people are looking for more of a variety. There is a place in Saigon called Ba Mien (3 Areas), that features a very interesting menu that is divided into the North, Central and Southern areas of Vietnam. You can have Grilled Hanoi Style Chicken, Hue Spring Rolls and Mekong Delta Mango Salad. Their food is fantastic and it is located in a restored Villa. That would be a great idea for a restaurant in SoCal. Please someone, take the idea!

                                2. re: kingkong5

                                  Gustavo @ OC Weekly was raving about BBH So 1. It is also the name of a restaurant where we ate BBH in HUE! After all, it is Bun Bo Hue #1. The funny thing is there is a restaurant next door called Bun Bo Hue #11 (or something like that). We figured we would choose #1 over #11.