North Vietnamese Food in NYC?
I lived in Hanoi until recently and became very fond of the food, especially two dishes: Bun Cha and Cha Ca, which I haven't found in NYC. Does anyone know if you can find them here? (Note: I've tried the Cha Ca at An Choi and it was simply not the same. The fish is supposed to cook in front of you and you put it together yourself.) I've been missing them a lot!
NY's viet population is very small, so you're lucky to find decent viet food let alone regional food. So the answer is that I highly doubt you'll find a passable version in NY.
Cha ca is one of my favorite dishes (viet food is one of my favorite foods...i live fairly close to little saigon in southern CA, ridiculous viet food); wish there was good viet food here)
there is supposedly a small but growing viet population in the bronx, see this thread there are two viet restaurants (actually run by vietnamese, most of the ones are run by chinese people from vietnam...although in CA chinese-viet food is some of my favorite, but that's a different subject): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611346
If you go to Pho Bac in Elmhurst, they have bun cha. I didn't find it very good, but they do serve the noodles and meat/nuoc cham and greens separately. Yes, it is indeed difficult to find here.
I'm not sure if Viet Cafe is still open, but I have seen bun cha on their menu as well.
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