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stymie Jan 4, 2011 09:57 AM

I follow the Vietnamese threads pretty closely, but don't recall reading about Triew Chau on University. I stopped in once, late, after finding that other places were already closed for the night. Can't remember what I had, it was a few years ago. I asked for a taste of their broth and was pleased with the flavor. Drove past again recently and the place was packed, around 8:30.
Anyone care to chime in &/or make some recommendations on dishes they do well.

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Trieu Chau Restaurant
500 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

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  1. diesel RE: stymie Jan 4, 2011 11:07 AM

    Trieu Chau does pho and eggrolls really well. Best eggrolls I've had in St. Paul, actually. If I recall correctly, their spring rolls are also good - more herbs than most places. I think their bun is pretty good, but not as good as Saigon IMO. The rest of the menu is more hit and miss. I don't care for their banh mi - the meat's a bit too charcoal-tasting and chewy for me, and the bread isn't up to the competition from Saigon and Trung Nam, both just a few blocks away. I've also sampled some pretty poor stir-fry type dishes ordered by dining companions.

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    Trieu Chau Restaurant
    500 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

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      clk RE: stymie Jan 6, 2011 03:09 PM

      I'm a big fan of #113, ordered with "dry noodles". The broth comes on the side, which lets me fully appreciate the wonderful porky sauce on the noodles.

      The only banh mi that I like there is the grilled pork, but it happens to be my favorite banh mi in the Twin Cities.

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        AnneInMpls RE: clk Jan 6, 2011 08:32 PM

        Ah, that explains why I have such a favorable opinion of Trieu Chau's banh mi - I've only ever ordered the grilled pork version. It gives Saigon's version a serious run for its money. I've been bewildered by the poor reports of T.C.'s banh mi, but now I understand. So get the grilled pork.

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          nas1 RE: clk Jan 7, 2011 09:06 AM

          Your #113 sounds interesting, I will have to remember to try that.

          I agree on a previous comment on the eggrolls, probably the best I've had as well. Probably why I'm a big fan of their bun with egg roll on top (153 i think?).

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          stymie RE: stymie Mar 1, 2011 07:13 PM

          Stopped in again, it was late and other options had closed. Bowl of meat ball soup, very tasty broth. Egg rolls, I was expecting better, but these were good, just really love Pho Tau Bay's version. Learned a few things: they often run out of rolls, so if you are planning on a bahn mi, you can call ahead and reserve bread. No sandwiches offered on Sunday (no bread). I had the spicy beef with lemongrass. Nice heat, I didn't want my water glass to be empty. Took home leftover veggies, added some onion and chix and had 2 very cheap meals.

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          Pho Tau Bay
          2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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