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Jan 11, 2010 09:40 PM

Best Bun Bo Hue – Fix Me Up, Please

So, fellow Hounds, who do you think makes the best Bun Bo Hue in either LA or Orange County? The best I’ve had so far has been at Quan Hy in Westminster. Rich, intensely flavorful broth with a mass of tender, succulent and adventurous meats. A recent bowl at Pho Minh in El Monte was delicious. The broth was very good but neither it nor the ingredients matched the depth and complexity of Quan Hy’s. I'm seeking what would be considered the authentic, traditional Hue City style.

I’m anxious to try Ngu Binh in Westminster and My Linh's Bun Bo Hue Restaurant in Garden Grove.

Your insights will be appreciated. (Das Uber?). I need my fix.

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  1. I think Ngu Binh's is pretty good. CH worthy.

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    1. re: jaykayen

      Yep, 2nd Ngu Binh, one of the best.

      1. re: jaykayen

        Wow, w/Jay, Grover and Das giving it the 1,2,3, Ngu Binh will no doubt be my next (first) stop! Thanks, gents!

      2. I really like the Bun Bo Hue at Gia Hoi (9541 Bolsa Ave. - East of Bushard). As an added bonus, the Banh Beo are also excellent.

        As an aside, I made this recommendation to Das Ubergeek a few weeks ago and am interested to know if he had a chance to check it out - Das??

        Good luck!


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        1. re: HB_Jeff

          Not yet... I have been crazy busy and haven't actually been eating out too much.

        2. Glad to see some recs. The only Bun Bo Hue I've had was at Vietnam Restaurant on Las Tunas in San Gabriel. First time I ordered it the kid waiting on me said, "Are you SURE??" It's pretty spicy and awfully good, but I don't have anything to measure it against.

          Any other SGV recs? We don't crawl around OC a whole lot...

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          1. re: Will Owen

            in the SGV, nem nuong ninh hoa has good Bun Bo Hue. but I really go there for their nem nuong.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa in Rosemead is probably a better bet. They serve food from central Vietnam, whereas Vietnam Restaurant is distinctly southern. The nem nuong is really, really good there.

              1. re: raytamsgv

                Me, I"m a Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa man. They have pretty good Bun Bo Hue but it is different than Quan Hy's. They also have the best spring rolls in town.

            2. Yo, Hounds!

              I just want to thank you all for your input on my quest for the best Bun Bo Hue. Today, I think I’ve found it at Ngu Binh in Westminster. An awesome bowl of goodness! The broth was delicious – deep, rich and complexly flavored having just the right amount of kick without being cloying. It appeared oily, but my stomach later happily confirmed that it was not overly so. Noodles were sublimely al dente. Beef slices and tendon were cooked to perfection; tasted almost cured and didn’t dry out in the hot soup. Loved the pig’s trotter – I could’ve eaten a bowlful of these alone. I think they were slightly char-grilled. Service was friendly and efficient. Wish I could say the same for parking … jeesh!

              Thanks again Hounds!