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Favorite Bun Cha in L.A.?

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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  1. 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. 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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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

        1. re: Das Ubergeek


          Any comparison to Hanoi restaurant on Bolsa/Magnolia?

          1. re: ns1

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

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Thanks I'll have to check it out

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

              1. re: ns1

                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

            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! :).

          3. 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.

            1. 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

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: collegedad35

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

                    1. re: ns1

                      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.

                      1. re: ns1

                        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.

                        1. re: collegedad35

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

                          1. re: collegedad35

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

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