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Aug 17, 2005 02:09 PM

Bun Cha (Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Noodles)?

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I saw Bourdain's Show the other day and he went to Vietnam and had this dish at a street vendor. Know any good place that serves this? Possibly in Little Saigon, but I get lost over there sometimes.



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  1. in little saigon, go to Hanoi
    in monterey park, go to Nga Trang (also famous for various goi cuon)

    im sure there are tons of other places in Little Saigon, just dont know where just yet.

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    1. re: modernist

      I second Hanoi on Bolsa in Little is so delicious, with a great smokey flavor. Also try their banh tom (yam & shrimp fritters).

      1. re: Liz

        i had that and the grilled catfish with dill.
        i thought the yam and shrimp was good but bland, and for two people it was overkill. it was gigantic!

        do you have other good little saigon spots?

        1. re: modernist

          Hi modernist,

          I made an entry in this thread a while back about some of my favorite Little Saigon eateries. I hope it helps you find some good ones!


          1. re: modernist

            Up until yesterday, I have had Vietnamese food in San Diego, Hawaii, and the Westside, so I'm a novice. However, we went out to the Tet Festival in Garden Grove, which we viewed as a good primer for Vietnamese cuisine. I posted an entry in someone's inquiring post about the festival. However, I was much more impressed with a place we went to for dinner. Hong Mai Banh Cuon...don't want to be redundant so if you're interested, please find the Tet Festival posting. Thanks

            1. re: bulavinaka

              That was my post! I'm glad to hear you had a good time at the festival, and that you also enjoyed the banh cuon for dinner.

              Next time you're in town, let me know. Pehaps we can round up some more chowhounds and head out to bo 7 mon, the 7 courses of beef restaurants. It's pretty good, and a change of pace, but it's still Vietnamese food.

              1. re: kingkong5

                Where's the list? I'll be the first in line: Pagolac was one of my New Years Resolution restaurants!

                1. re: kingkong5

                  OMG - seven? I nearly exploded at Hong Mai... would I need a cart to be rolled out to my car!?!? Vietnamese food rocks!

        2. Golden Deli on Mission/Las Tunas

          1. Well, I got the urge for some Vietnamese food anyways and went to Pho 99 in West LA on Wilshire/Barrington-ish.

            Ordered the Bun Tom (I think), which was just the vermicelli, grilled pork and some eggrolls and veggies. No soup base, but used to Nuom was not bad...not outstanding.

            1. I saw the same one. My mouth was watering while he ate it. I'm very much interested in trying to find out a place that will serve this also.

              1. For everyone's information there is no bun cha hanoi served at Nga/Nha Trang. Even though there are numerous posts on here and even a sign on the restaurant itself, there is none to be found. as a consolation, their pho broth is good.