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Jan 22, 2012 12:41 PM

Bun bo hue

Who makes the best bun bo hue in the Twin Cities?

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  1. I don't know, but I'd start with Pho Tau Bay's. Let us know what you think!


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Try Indochine in St. Paul. I love their pork bun, but i'm guessing the beef is good too.

      1. re: Haricotsv2

        I'm curious about Indochine. Is it the same owner different name of the same vietnamese restaurant of about 3 yrs ago? I'm going to try their pork bun!

        1. re: stepawayfromthetable

          Que Nha is their other restaurant. Btw, I misspelled it--it's Indochin.

    2. I have only had it at Quang, and it was solid. Smokey, spicy, rich. The pork knuckle was a bit devoid of meat, but it had a good iron-y backbone. I think I might just have to work through a few on this one for you. Quick search says Pho 79 and PTB both have a version. I will hit the PTB today, menu says its beef and pork trotter(yay!) and try to work down the eat street this week. Will report back.

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      1. re: mitch cumstein

        So, Pho Tau Bay's version was not a really great expression of the dish. It lacked in a lot of areas, mostly, I found it missing any balance, and definitely was missing the silkiness that the congealed blood usually gives it. With a hard hit of lime, some spice could come out but mostly I would say this was a musty beef broth with little else happening. Seriously underwhelmed.

        1. re: mitch cumstein

          How thoroughly disappointing. Thank you for taking one for the team.


          1. re: mitch cumstein

            If congealed bllod is your thing I highly recommend the Boat Noodle Soup at Bangkok Thai Deli. Sublime!!!!

        2. The Lotus downtown has amazing Bun Bo way better than Pho Tau Bay. I haven't tried it at pho79 yet. Made some killer BBH at home but sans the pigs blood. Couldn't get my hands on any in time for cooking it up. First pic is from the Lotus, second pic is my homemade.

          1. I like Vietnam House in Brooklyn Park.

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            1. re: kuan

              When looking for Vietnamese places I notice there are quite a bit around Brooklyn Park. How do they stack up against the power houses on Eat Street Or St.Paul?

            2. iPho Saigon has amazing BBH and, at just under $10.00 for the jumbo serving you will easily get 3 meals.