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equinoise Feb 9, 2011 02:09 PM

Where do we like this spicy vietnamese noodle soup best? Sad to say, but I've never tried it anywhere, I have heard good things about Hoang Lan on MLK, and others have recommended Green Leaf. There is a version at Huong Binh, were I have been liking just about everything I've tried as of late (not least of which is the braised duck soup, a weekday special). Other ideas?

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Huong Binh Restaurant
1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

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    Booklegger451 Feb 9, 2011 03:30 PM

    I've had it at Ben Thanh on Rainier, and it was tasty. Maybe not the best in town, but highly functional for my neighborhood vietnamese place.

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      equinoise Jan 13, 2012 12:03 PM

      Finally made it Hoang Lan yesterday and really liked the Bun Bo Hue, which was quite spicy and full of depth of flavor. The server also told me that if you would prefer to forgo the coagulated blood cubes, you can get more of the housemade pork loaf, which is outstanding (and is apparently sold sperately by Hoang Lan in uncooked format for home use by customers). A great little place with alot of character that I should have visited much earlier.

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        shaolinLFE Jan 13, 2012 05:27 PM

        i enjoy the dish at pho so 1. they also have a version without the pork blood (which they call cinnamon pate). i'm afraid to let out my secret, but you can ask for the beef bone where they will bring out the huge bone with bone marrow and braised beef. they dont have it often, but when it's tender you're in luck. it's an off menu item.

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          tykapfh Jan 16, 2012 09:37 AM

          Completely agree. Pho so 1 has the best version I have tried in Seattle. I haven't been to Hoang Lan, but have tried several others. The depth of the broth at Pho So 1 is untouchable compared to others. I also love the options of the cuts to add (or subtract) from your order. My current favorite pho restaurant as well.

          Edit: Just noticed the comment about blood/pate. I'm 99% sure that's not the case. The cinnamon pate and pork blood are two seperate options on the menu. The pate is delicious btw...

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            tykapfh Jan 16, 2012 03:28 PM

            Confirmed. I went for lunch today. The #31 Bun Bo Hue Special comes with both cinnamon pate and pork blood. Yum!

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              shaolinLFE Jan 17, 2012 12:15 PM

              good to know! i'll try it next time!

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