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Dec 29, 2009 03:52 PM

ISO: Vietnamese food recs in Orange County

Calling all Vietnamese food experts out there, I'm heading to Orange County & would love recs for Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County that serve the BEST & most AUTHENTIC: Bun Bo Hue, Bun Rieu, Canh Chua & Banh Xeo. I don't care if it's a hole in the wall - those are usually the best places. Many thanks.

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  1. Hole in the wall is what you're going to get! :)

    For Banh Xeo and banh khot: Nha Hang Van on brookhurst and

    For Bun Rieu: Vien Dong also on 14271 Brookhurst St. They also have family style dining such as canh chua, ca kho etc.

    Don't have a favorite for bun bo hue, but always satisified with Quan Vy Da 9950 Bolsa Ave

    Quan Bun Ban Mai 8890 Bolsa Ave is also good for bun rieu and canh bun

    Let us know what else you're interested in and do report back!

    1. Chowhound's own Das Ubergeek is an expert, check out his posts.....

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      1. re: ErikaK


        I'll go with Van for banh xeo.

        My vote for bun bo Hue actually goes to Ngu Binh on Magnolia (and you can get great stuff like banh it ram too). Quan Vy Da is fine too, as is Quan Minh Ky on Bolsa.

        Bun Rieu (with oc or without??) either at Vien Dong, as mentioned. I could swear I had an awesome version at Quan Hy on Bolsa but the last time I went it wasn't on the menu, which either means I misremembered or they've changed the menu.

        As for canh chua, any family-style place SHOULD have it, but I remember it particularly at Tan Cang Newport Seafood on 1st and Newhope (in a truly, spectacularly, what-am-I-doing-here sh*tty neighbourhood in Santa Ana), but you'll be pressured to buy one of those insects on steroids (which are, incidentally, quite good).

        I had canh chua, incidentally, at King Harbor Seafood on Harbor and Garden Grove Blvd., in a Cantonese restaurant. The hostess speaks perfect Vietnamese and pointed out the "Vietnamese fish soup" on her menu.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          you're right..the canh chua is particularly good at the Chinese seafood places..ours favorite is at the new Seafood Cove location on bolsa.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            I went to Quan Vy Da last Sunday and had the Bun Bo Hue, Com Ga and Bahn Beo. All were outstanding.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I'll second Ngu Binh for Bun Bo Hue. They also will accommodate requests to leave stuff out, for instance the pig blood curds, and give you more of other meats in return. The only drawback is the broth is a little heavy on MSG so for those that are sensitive to sodium, beware.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Das is the prince of Little Saigon! My thoughts:

                Bun Bo Hue: 2nd Ngu Binh, they've got awesome cha that comes in the bowl. Pretty good ban beo dia too. I like the novelty of ban beo in those little saucers, but you get so much more by the plate. My parents love this place, and they're quite picky.

                Canh Chua: 2nd on the more Chinese family style places, I'll throw in New Capital right off of Magnolia and Westminster. They tend to be a bit sweeter at these places though. If you want something that tastes less sweet, they've got it in the family style meals at Pho Bolsa (very hole in the wall), Thanh My, or My Nguyen and you can get some chicken and ca kho to with it too.

                Banh xeo: 2nd Van's restaurant