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Favorite Bun Cha in L.A.?

noahbites Mar 13, 2010 07:16 AM

A few different Vietnamese restaurants in L.A. have bun cha, but does anybody have a place they think makes it the best? This is a dish I feel the need to spend more time with.

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    bsquared2 Mar 13, 2010 03:57 PM

    I really don't know of any amazing Bun Cha in LA proper. Quan Hop in OC does a very good version. Their pork is good and the sauce has the right amount of funk.

    I haven't really found any places in LA that have really good Hanoi-style food. I would also love to find a place that specializes in Hue food in SGV too. I'm open to suggestions.

    1. Das Ubergeek Mar 15, 2010 08:27 AM

      Not in LA, but I crave Vien Dong's (on Brookhurst in Garden Grove). It's the pork meatball that does it for me.

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        noahbites Mar 15, 2010 08:36 AM

        Sounds like I'm gonna have to go to Garden Grove...

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          ns1 Mar 15, 2010 09:42 AM


          Any comparison to Hanoi restaurant on Bolsa/Magnolia?

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            Das Ubergeek Mar 16, 2010 10:05 AM

            Both are good but I like Vien Dong's better.

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              ns1 Mar 16, 2010 01:34 PM

              Thanks I'll have to check it out

              I can't even remember the last time I stepped inside Vien Dong

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                Porthos Sep 5, 2011 12:38 PM

                Bun Cha at Vien Dong is also 20% off on a daily basis.

                Vien Dong
                14271 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843

          2. re: Das Ubergeek
            exilekiss Mar 15, 2010 10:19 AM

            Hi Das,

            Why'd you have to bring up Vien Dong so early in the morning? :) Now you have me craving it, and their amazing Egg Rolls (thanks again for that awesome rec! :).

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            ExtraCheesePlease Mar 16, 2010 10:11 PM

            What I wouldn't give for a Vien Dong in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area. Their grilled catfish dish is just my idea of heaven. Nothing bad on the menu including the bun cha dishes.

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              collegedad35 Dec 9, 2010 09:16 PM

              I like Bun Cha at Quan Huynh SE corner of Bolsa/Bushard better. Recession sale $4.99 now, they give you more pork patties and grilled pork.

              Huynh Restaurant
              9500 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

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                dougmc Sep 4, 2011 01:07 PM

                I have no basis for comparison but I have really enjoyed the Bun Cha at Saigon on Santa Monica Blvd in West LA.

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                  collegedad35 Sep 4, 2011 03:05 PM

                  Pho 79 has several locations, there is one in Alhambra. I know this family, their foods are always decent. I have not been to the Alhambra location but almost sure you will not be disappointed. Their menu have several vietnamese dishes, not only Pho. BTW, Pho is very good.

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                    ns1 Sep 5, 2011 11:18 AM

                    so...have you tried their bun cha? do they even serve bun cha?

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                      Das Ubergeek Sep 5, 2011 10:14 PM

                      I don't think the one in Garden Grove serves bun cha, but they do make standard bun. I bet they'd make bun cha if you asked, assuming they've got the stuff on hand for the sauce.

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                        collegedad35 Sep 6, 2011 12:58 AM

                        No I have not tried. If they do not have bun cha, I am sure they must have Bun Thit Nuong, almost the same. Bun Cha has pork patties, Bun Thit Nuong only has grilled BBQ porks.

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                          Das Ubergeek Sep 6, 2011 03:28 AM

                          Bún chả Hà Nội has a sweeter sauce; bún thịt nướng uses standard nước chấm. They're not the same.

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                            ns1 Sep 6, 2011 09:55 AM

                            bun cha =/= bun thit nuong. not sure why you'd recommend this place on a thread titled favorite bun cha in LA.

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                        JR90021 Sep 5, 2011 10:27 PM

                        Just had bun cha last night. Pho Nguyen Hoang on Valley Blvd. in Alhambra.

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