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Sen Vang serving the very best Bun Bo Hue in Montreal

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Siumaieater Sep 24, 2013 12:49 PM

I've recently paid a visit to Sen Vang, a brand new Vietnamese spot on Victoria, right in front of Cote Sainte Catherine Metro. This is a small family-run operation specializing in soups. They've got the more common Pho (from Northern Vietnam), the less Bun Bo Hue (spicy with marinated beef) which is served in some MTL restaurants on weekends, and the even less common Mi (with egg noodles, shrimp and sha siu pork) which can be ordered with the broth on the side.

I ordered the Bun Bo Hue, which is not on the menu but available at all times. I can report that it was absolutely perfect. It definitely beat the others I have tasted in MTL, most notably that of Pho Lien and Pho Bang.

The place has been recently reviewed positively by Sarah Musgrave (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/food-wine/Sarah+Musgrave+Casual+Restos+Vang/8937990/story.html) and this blogger (http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2013/09/11...).

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    BLM Sep 24, 2013 06:20 PM

    So for their Bun Bo Hue, they're not using same broth as their common Pho soup(except they spice it up for Bun Bo Hue)?

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      twinkie83 Sep 24, 2013 06:37 PM

      it's not similar. they have common ingredients but it's not the same recipe at all. 2 different flavor profile. i personally prefer bun bo hue to pho

      pho has, imo, a pig feet smell/taste (weird, i know) while bun bo hue, you taste the shrimp paste and the chilies

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        BLM Sep 24, 2013 10:17 PM

        Why would they serve Bun Bo Hue, but it's not listed on their menu? Are they any other dishes served at Sen Vang, that's not listed on their menu?

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          Siumaieater Sep 25, 2013 10:13 AM

          Yes, there is at least one other dish that is not on the menu. I did suggest that they include it on the menu.

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            BLM Sep 25, 2013 10:56 AM

            I'm going to be there very soon. If I would of known of your posting yesterday afternoon, I would of gone(although I did hear about them in the Sarah Musgrave Gazette review last week). They're closed Wednesdays.

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        Siumaieater Sep 25, 2013 10:15 AM

        Not the same broth at all. Apparently, the Bun Bo Hue broth is a lot more labour intensive, which could be why some places only serve it on weekends.

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          BLM Sep 25, 2013 10:38 AM

          Their Bun Bo Hue served in one size only or more than one size?

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        Mr F Sep 25, 2013 05:45 AM

        I'm curious to know how it compares to Hung Phat, which serves bun bo hue daily (except Tuesdays - closed).

        Anyone tried both?

        1. SnackHappy Sep 25, 2013 02:31 PM

          I'm looking forward to checking this place out. Right now, my favourite Bun Bo Hue is at Duy Anh on St-Michel, but it's mostly because of the homemade saté they put on your table.

          1. nochainsplease Nov 17, 2013 06:22 PM

            Just tried Sen Vang, having been inspired by Siumaleater's account. Thank you for the hot tip! This place is great. The bun bo hue was phenomenal. We followed orders to stay away from all condiments on the table except the sate (shrimp paste, chillies and lemongrass); it was sound advice. Also tried some grilled chicken and some pretty fantastic imperial rolls (all killer, no filler). The owner and his nephew who was waiting tables were both very personable and welcoming. Will definitely be back; highly recommend.

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