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Looking for Bun Cha, the Hanoi lunch favorite, in Boston. Any Suggestions

southernwayfarer Jul 6, 2012 05:31 PM

I'm looking for the Hanoi lunch favorite - Bun Cha. Any suggestions for a place in Boston? I tried Pho 2000 but the grilled meatball Bun on their menu definitely isn't it. I'm looking for the classic BBQ/chargrilled minced pork balls with bun. Thanks.

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  1. Luther RE: southernwayfarer Jul 6, 2012 06:17 PM

    I'm not aware of anywhere that serves Northern-style grilled meat (charred and served in a bowl of fish sauce) or pho (light and plain in flavor, optionally served with some of that meat) in the Boston area. I wish!

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    1. re: Luther
      newhound RE: Luther Jul 6, 2012 08:08 PM

      Given that most American Vietnamese are from the south originally, you may have a hard time finding Hanoi-style dishes. I have a friend from Hanoi who went to college in New England and she was never able to find anything familiar in Boston, though this was a few years back. Good luck- and report back if you find anything!

      1. re: newhound
        joebloe RE: newhound Jul 11, 2012 10:05 PM

        You're looking for bun cha hanoi or bung cha dong xuan...which don't exist in Boston. The closest place that have it is in Montreal at Hanoi Restaurant. Or you need to go to Orange County.

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      keith RE: southernwayfarer Jul 12, 2012 01:40 PM

      I think it's true that you won't find true Hanoi style bun cha anywhere in the Boston area. However, I think they used to have a reasonable approximation at Pho So 1 in Dorchester. Not sure if it's still on the menu.

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        joebloe RE: keith Jul 13, 2012 06:07 AM

        Not at Pho So 1 in Dorchester for sure. I'm their most frequent daily customer for many years, until they change owner last year, and there is no such thing. Their bun tom thit nuong used to be very darn good.

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          keith RE: joebloe Jul 13, 2012 06:33 AM

          Hmm...wonder where I'm remembering then.

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