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Sunday, 18 March 2007



i used to always order that when i went there!
I remember it being called "international house" the last time went (i think around a year ago).

its true its a whole lot of food!


I had the misfortune of trying their bun bo hue once - don't bother. Luckily, I had also ordered the banh cuon dac biet as a shared appetizer, so I concentrated on that instead.

Wandering Chopsticks

Of course Kirk, :)

On that list of recommended restaurants I sent you is Banh Cuon Tay Ho. :) The original is in a tiny strip mall beside the Asian Garden Mall. I usually go to #4 in the T&K food court where you can also stop off at Thach Che Hien Khanh afterward. There's a BBQ place in that same strip mall for you to get some food for da boyz too.

I wonder if that restaurant is reselling Banh Cuon Tay Ho brand banh cuon? Like how Albertson's sells Krispy Kreme but it's nowhere near the real thing. Or if they're just referring to the style? In which case, it should be referred to as banh cuon ho Tay, as in VNese cheong fun West Lake in Hanoi, where I think the dish supposedly originated? Banh cuon should be paper-thin and translucent.

Anyway, Banh Cuon Tay Ho #6 is located in SD, so give them a try

And the sour meat is nem chua, pickled raw pork sausage with shredded pork skin.

Hope #6 is as good as #1 and #4!

Wandering Chopsticks

Oops. Correction. I guess the one I always thought was #1 is actually #2. Dunno what happened to #1 and #7 locations...

Anyway, if you look at the menu, they also offer banh uot (wet rice noodle sheets). Same thing but in a roll instead of the lighter layers of banh cuon. I think the meat wrapped in banh uot is better for flavor. But like the banh cuon dac biet for overall amount of stuff.


I looooove sour pork sausage. Picked some up this weekend. Can't stay away from that fermented pork flavor.


Hey Clayfu - Yes, it's quite a bit of food.

Hi Trent - It seems like the Banh Cuon is pretty much the best thing here.

Hi WC - Thanks for the info, I'll check it out.

Hi CP - Yep, that sour sausage sure is good.


hi kirk, thanks for linking to my blog entry! quoc te is not bad if you've never had rice rolls before -- but other than that novelty factor-- hm. yeah, i agree there are a lot better vietnamese restaurants in irvine!


Hi Annie - It is reasonable & a pretty large amount of food........


Hi Kirk, I visited the University Heights location tonight and I'm looking forward in visiting again despite my roast duck being incinerated (might've even looked fried in oil prior to but in any case lean and chewy). I enjoyed the soup and noodle portion though so I'm hoping I'll find something I like in their 200+ item menu. Annie's blog unfortunately seems to be having some problems.. I was looking forward in reading her post on this place.


Hi Dennis - Good luck.....some of my friends like the Fried Rice, and that's the only recommendation they could give.

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