Friday, January 25, 2008

Bún Bò Xu: Ngọn

The folks who brought us Xu have opened a pair of new noodle shops called Bún Bò Xu. Think of these as upscale Bún Bò Huế restaurants. Yesterday we tried the one at 4A Trần Hưng Đạo, across the street from the Nguyen Kim electronics store. The food was very good. We both got the deluxe version of their Bún Bò Huế soup, with pig trotter. When I asked about pig trotter, I was told that the menu had a mistake. Even so, I'm not sure what pig trotter amounts to, but I'm guessing it's pigs foot. They were happy hold the bones, as I'm not a big fan of chewing joints. It was great very good. We also had yummy fruit shakes, which are a great way to balance the spicy soup.

We also loved the decor. It's very California modern. My friend Carey calls this LA Vietnamese. In this case it might be Sydney Vietnamese, as the owners have their foreign roots in Australia. At any rate it's lovely. We even got the name of the lighting store where they bought the light fixtures.

The staff was very friendly. I would recommend you give this place a try, especially if you're a fan of Bún Bò Huế but don't want to brave the street food.

// Near Nguyen Kim Electronics
4A Trần Hưng Đạo, Q1 HCMC
T: +84 8 821 5813

// Near KFC, across from Park Hyatt
28 Cao Bá Quát, Q1 HCMC
T: +84 8 822 1539