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Sunday, 25 June 2006



I love LOVE love Bun Cha Gio. Thank you so much for listing the Vietnamese names for the dishes so that if I'm ever in that area I know what to order. I HATE not knowing the languages to go with my favorite foods. If we're ever near there I must get some Bun Cha Gio. When I was in college I lived on that whenever possible.


Oooh! Another yummy-looking place to check out! :-)


Thien Thanh is two blocks from my house so we go there all the time. The proprietor is really nice-- she always takes time to chat with us if she's there when we come in.

Try the Thai-style (?) hot and sour soup, it has a nice mix of shrimp and vegetables and a flavorful broth. I also like their version of chow fun-- it's one of my comfort foods, and their version has a good mix of meat and vegetables and isn't too heavy.

ed (from Yuma)

Looks good. I suspect that it is one of those places that you need to eat at several times to find out what they do best.

But I am surprised you didn't just point at one of the specials and order it.

The hard part of doing that is when they say, "you sure you want hen xuc banh da?" you have to stick to your original choice and to prove you really wanted it, you have to eat all of whatever it is.

Kristy dish didn't sound too good but I'm glad the Missus liked hers. Not boding well for my trying to like more Vietnamese foods. I did, however, come across a great Vietnamese food site: ...with recipes, links to good Vietnamese eats, and other Vietnamese cultural information. =)


the Chim Cut Ro Ti is "roasted pigeon" although i suspect they'll probably serve squab...Canh Ga Chien Bo is fried Chicken wings but i'm not sure if the "bo" refers to method or taste (can't see the accent mark)...Ech Chein Bo is fried frog legs...#12 De Nuong is grilled goat...#13 Oc Buu Xau Xa is Lemongrass Escargot...#14 Long Heo means Pig innards? not sure how that's cooked....#18 Cua Hap, Tom Hap, Nghieu Hap is Steamed Crab, Steamed Shrimp, Steamed Clams...#17 Cua Xang Me is Crab Stir-fried with something...

Sorry my Vietnamese is not perfect - i knew i should listened to my mum and kept taking my lessons when i was young. :0)


Hi Kady - Then you may want to chkec out Thien Thanh.

Hi Mizducky - One of many places on ECB........

Hi SK - Thanks for the recommendations.

Hi Ed - I'd usually try something from the Dac Biet menu, if I have a slight clue as to what they were - in this case I kinda knew the salads, but had no clue as to anything else. And when we asked, we were told they were appetizers....and not much else.

Hi Kristy - That's the thing with Com Tam Bo 7 Mon, or other combinations, most times, not everything will be good - but having a variety clues you in to what the restaurant does well. I've visited Vietworldkitchen a few times - thanks for reminding me.

Hi Anna - Thanks so much for the help - #12 looks like the way to go for us next time, or even #13.

Passionate Eater

Yum, fresh herbs and delicious spring rolls and bun! Sounds like a place I'd like to visit if I am ever in San Diego.


Banh Xeo is my absolute favorite Vietnamese dish! Sorry it was so heavy on the coconut, but oh man, amazing stuff when done right with the light, crispy and flaky "skin" and sweet shrimp and sprouts :) - you know what I mean!


Hi PE - On a hot day like today, Bun Cha Gio sounds really good.

Hi Kathy - I know what you mean. The crepe would have been really good if not for the heavy handed coconuttiness......

ed (from Yuma)

Went there on my most recent visit to SD. Very friendly people. I was actually thinking about bun riu, but when I asked if it was spicy, the server said no that if I wanted spicy, I should have the bun bo hue. So it was fate.

It was wonderful. Light complex broth. Packed with stuff - 3 pieces of pigs foot with meat, beef slices, pork loaf slices, and tons of noodles. Some chopped green leaves on top. And the garnishes were astounding. Mint, something like red shiso leaf, some sliced green stems of something, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, galangal slices ? (I didn't recognize - there were all these thin slices of something that looked like very brown colored onion). Anyway, for the first 10 - 15 minutes as I was eating, I kept adding stuff. All in all, a very complex mix of flavors. Well worth trying. Like no other bun bo hue I've eaten. Total cost $6. Thanks again Kirk!


Hi Ed - Sounds like you found one for your rotation.


Thanks Kirk. I don't know how many times I have passed this place but never ventured in.


Hi Jack - I think you'll enjoy yourself, the people here are very nice.

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