Vietnamese Food and Cooking

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    January 10, 2014

    Saigon Shack's Pho, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Pho from Saigon Shack (114 MacDougal Street, 212-228-0588), $7-$10 This pho won't change your life, but it will fill you up for cheap -- and sate a Vietnamese noodle soup craving in a pinch.

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    November 26, 2013

    Pho Viet Huong Delivers Raw Meat in a Carton (on purpose)

    The winter months mean vastly different things to different people. As the weather chills, the days shorten, and the holiday festivities commence, I am weary yet unchastened by the memories of holiday party benders past.

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    September 26, 2013

    Xe May's Lam'bretta, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

    No. 23: Lam'bretta from Xe May This is a fusion banh mi of the highest order.

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    September 5, 2013
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    May 29, 2013

    Saiguette Tells A Tale of Two Soups

    One from the north, one from the south, on the Upper West Side

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    April 24, 2013

    With Nightingale 9, American-Vietnamese Street Food Comes to Carroll Gardens

    The team behind Seersucker and Smith Canteen open a noodle shop

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    January 30, 2013

    JoJu in Elmhurst: The Elastic Vietnamese Banh Mi

    At JoJu, your sandwich comes conveniently packaged in a pair of (recyclable) paper-tissue bags, perfect for sharing. Over the last decade, New Yorkers have fallen in love with the Vietnamese sandwich banh mi. The best are found at a pair of places: Saigon Banh Mi in Chinatown and Ba Xuyen in Sunse ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    The Cocky Rooster: A Sriracha Beer

    Goodbye ketchup. Sriracha is now America's new favorite condiment. We've done Sriracha booze before (in the form of a glorious ice cream shake), and we've also featured Sriracha popcorn. But what about Sriracha beer?

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    August 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 213: Does Vanessa's Dumpling House Water Down Sriracha?

    Buckwheat Sesame Soba Noodles from Vanessa's Dumpling House (310 Bedford Avenue, 718-218-8809)

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    May 30, 2012
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    May 30, 2012

    What Should You Eat at Sao Mai?

    At Sao Mai, the Goi Du Du (green papaya salad) is damn near unforgettable. This week , Counter Culture floats into Sao Mai ("Morning Star") a newish Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village, and maybe the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Here are the dishes most recommended for the first-time ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Sao Mai and Xe May Sandwich Shop: Finally, Your Banh Mi Tacos

    The East Village gets two new Vietnamese spots

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    February 29, 2012

    Behold, the Banh Mi Taco

    For this week's review, I went to two new casual Vietnamese spots in the East Village. The first, Sao Mai, offers your standard --though fresh and flavorful -- selection of Viet fare, including pho, bun, and grilled meat dishes. The other, Xe May Sandwich Shop, specializes in banh mi, but also off ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Sao Mai Now Bringing Pho and Other Vietnamese Staples to First Avenue

    Lauren ShockeyLotus root salad at Sao Mai​Michael "Bao" Huynh's BaoBQ (229 First Avenue, 212-475-7011) isn't the only Vietnamese-influenced restaurant to open on First Avenue this month. Just a block south in the old Quantum Leap space, you'll find Sao Mai (201 First Avenue, 212-358-8880), a ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Checking Out ShopHouse, the New Asian Chipotle Spinoff

    Lauren ShockeyShopHouse offers rice bowls with either chicken, tofu, steak, or meatballs​I happened to be in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, and while I was there, I ventured to Dupont Circle to check out ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen (1516 Connecticut Avenue NW, 202-232-4141), otherwis ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Introducing the Meatball Hero, Vietnamese Version, at Thien Huong

    ​The "meat ball baguette" at Chatham Square's Thien Huong. The city is undergoing a cheap Vietnamese food renaissance, led by the signature soup pho, and the signature sandwich banh mi, and both are now available in many neighborhoods outside of Chinatowns. Last week, we reported on an exem ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    There's a New Pho Parlor in Town - and It's Pretty Good

    ​A bowl of Xe Lua pho at Pho 88, flanked by giant fresh basil leaves, sprouts, and the usual arsenal of flavorings (chiles pastes, hoisin, etc.) to be added in. The make or break of any full-service Vietnamese restaurant is its pho. While this beef noodle soup originated as street food in F ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Banh Mi Doc Biet at An Choi, Dish No. 87

    ​Feast your eyes on the flagship of An Choi's banh mi fleet. These days it seems like you don't have to walk more than a block or two to find the Vietnamese sandwich known as banh mi in many downtown neighborhoods. These are usually rudimentary affairs, with a couple of sliced cold cuts, or ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Our 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants

    Lauren ShockeyBun cha Ha Noi at Pho Bang​Alas, New York City isn't one of the great Vietnamese culinary capitals of the world. Which is too bad, because at least in our minds, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the best on the globe. But you can still find some decent Viet grub. You just have to ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants

    Lauren ShockeyBaoguette Café offers a tasty chicken and sausage dish over rice, but is the restaurant good enough to make it into the top 10?​While we do have plenty of banh mi peddlers, New York City isn't an enclave for Vietnamese expat communities, so it doesn't possess a bounty of full-sc ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    V-Nam Café: New Competitor Joins E.V. Beef Sandwich Fray

    ​Plenty of tender marinated beef in V-Nam's banh mi bo. Roast beef sandwiches have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. On one hand, there's the traditional Italian roast beef hero as espoused by This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, Defonte's Sandwich Shop, and several more ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    No. 15: Bun Bo Hue at Thanh Da

    ​The bun bo Hue at Thanh Da presents a dark tempest of a beef broth. Let's enumerate the ways bun bo Hue -- named after the city of Hue (pronounced "Way") in Central Vietnam -- differs from the signature noodle soup of Saigon, pho (pronounced "FFFah"). First off, the noodles are wheat instead ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Bun Rieu at Thanh Da

    Lauren ShockeyThanh Da's Bun Rieu​We've been eating a lot of Vietnamese food recently (could we be prepping for a 10 Best? Oh, maybe), and were excited when we saw bun rieu on the menu at Thanh Da. As we've noted in the past, the Sunset Park restaurant does a great bun bo Hue, the spicy beef ... More >>

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    February 12, 2011

    No. 6: Sandwich #1 at Saigon Banh Mi Bakery

    ​This jam-packed sandwich will set you back only $3.75. Saigon Banh Mi Bakery started out in a little stall under the Manhattan bridge, then hopscotched, first to the southeast corner of Mott and Grand streets (where it cowered behind a jewelery store), then recently leaped over Grand and es ... More >>

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    January 29, 2011

    Battle of the Dishes: Vegetarian Banh Mi Brawl

    Victoria BekiempisSaigon's version, with rubber band "extra" removed.​ Banh mi has quite a rep -- for being a gutbuster on the mean streets of Saigon and New York. Pickled carrot and radish slivers, cilantro, cucumber slices, pâté, grilled meat, and occasionally cheese burst out of a French ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    The Early Word: Saigon Shack

    Lauren ShockeyDuck banh mi​ Saigon Shack has been open for about a month, selling banh mi, pho, and other Vietnamese and pan-Asian snacks to hungry NYU students and Greenwich Village residents. Looking for a quick lunch, we popped in today to see how their sandwiches stack up against the comp ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Tu Do's Pho Needs Re-Education

    But other fine dishes abound at this Chinatown Vietnamese spot

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    August 11, 2010
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    July 21, 2010

    Co Ba: a New Vietnamese Eatery in Chelsea From a Pioneering Restaurateur

    Bottom: banh duc man (steamed coconut cakes); Top: goi du du (green papaya with pork belly and shrimp)​New York is not known for its Vietnamese food, but Steven Duong has been quietly trying to change that for years, offering vibrant, precise dishes in ever-so-slightly upscale places. The Vie ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Bánh Mì Saigon Loses Its Bling

    Jesse ReedStill meaty and crunchy, but the karats have been 86'd.​Just as there are those who argue that sliced bread doesn't taste as good as bread that's been torn into chunks, there are those who argue that bánh mì sold in the back of a jewelry shop tastes better than bá ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Le Da Nang in the East Village

    ​Le Da Nang, a new East Village Vietnamese spot, doesn't have a whole lot going for it, at least based on one visit. As Dave Cook pointed out, the menu lacks specialties from the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, or from its neighbor, Hue. (Though there is a seafood hot pot, which we realiz ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Home's Banh Mi and the Park Slope Vietnamese Sandwich Battles

    ​Folks who live in Park Slope used to have to head down to Sunset Park to get their banh mi fix. (And they still should,as the superior sandwiches at Ba Xuyen and Than Da are worth the short travel time.) But now Park Slope is practically rife with its own banh mi shops. First, there was Hanc ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    An Early Look at Banh Mi Zon in the East Village

    Banh mi #1: Pork roll, shredded pork, liver pate, and the fixings​ As the journalism business flounders, the banh mi trade booms--no one knows this better than Tai Dang, who was reportedly fired from his job as a photographer for Newsweek, and decided to return to his native Saigon to learn to ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Park Slope Banh Mi Wars: Hanco's Vs. Henry's

    Left: Hanco's classic bahn mi with pate, ham, and ground pork; Right: Henry's version of same​ As we reported earlier, there is a gen-u-ine banh mi war going down in Park Slope, and nothing could be more titillating. Fork in the Road, reporting from the scene, thought that it was obvious tha ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Pix from An Choi

    This week, Counter Culture sandwiches itself into An Choi, a newish Vietnamese restaurant on the Lower East. The menu is limited, but much of it is quite good. Though we found the banh mi expensive compared to those in nearby Chinatown (we staged a statistical comparison), An Choi offers a ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Bun Bo Hue at Thanh Da

    The irresistible bun bo hue, a soup that originated in the city of Hue, Vietnam You've probably had your fill of pho (the multi-beef rice noodle soup) and banh mi (the French-leaning Vietnamese hero), but I bet you haven't had your fill of bun bo hue. A rash of immigration from central Vietnam ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Sriracha, Spotted Everywhere

    While eating with my in-laws at a stodgy fish restaurant in suburban Massachusetts, I asked the waiter for Sriracha, almost just to see what he would say. But he nodded knowingly, and brought out a dish of the red, garlicky hot sauce. That's when you know that Sriracha has hit the mainstream. That, ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Are You a Fan of Sriracha?

    John T. Edge interviewed the owner of this Facebook page for his piece on Sriracha. You, too, can become a fan of the popular Asian hot sauce. And why not? The FB fan page features pics of people eating Sriracha, a movement to get the company that makes the sauce to print and sell Sriracha T-shirts, ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Pics of Nha Toi's Banh Mi

    I know Eater declared banh mi "over," but in my opinion, the banh mi fad is that rare thing: a trend that actually results in an increase in delicious, affordable food. This week, my column reviews Bep and Nha Toi, two new Vietnamese spots in Williamsburg. Bep serves pho, bun and other simple dishes ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Banh Mi in Williamsburg

    I stopped by 172 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg yesterday to see how Banh Mi's construction is going (the space used to be a Polish butcher shop). Looks nice from the outside, but the paper over the windows is so throughly taped up, I couldn't see inside. No one seemed to be working, so maybe they'r ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Good Stuff: Nicky's Pho

    When I woke up this morning, my ongoing sniffle had increased to a full-on sinus infection/cold. I decided only pho could save me. Sadly, I've been unable to find any pho near me in Fort Greene. The closest thing is Nicky's Sandwiches (311 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) in Cobble Hill. I don't find the ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    The Early Word--Hanco's Park Slope

    The classic--sort ofAs Hailey pointed out, the new Hanco's on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, which opened on Saturday, is peddling banh mi at the inflated price of $7 each. The other, older Hanco's in Boerum Hill sells the same sandwiches for $5.25. For comparison, the most awesome banh mi in the city (i ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    The Early Word: Baoguette

    A pedigreed banh miWhen you open a banh mi shop in New York, you're walking into deep waters. It might be more difficult to find a perfect bowl of pho, but we have plenty of places to get mind-bendingly good banh mi.Husband and wife restaurateurs Thao Nguyen and Michael Bao Huynh (currently of BarBa ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Edgar Allan Pho: World of Taste in the Bronx

    Southeast Asian nabe surrounds horror master's cottage

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    December 3, 2008

    BarBao Is Pho Real

    A new Vietnamese spot on the Upper West Side showcases Michael Huynh's cooking

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    June 18, 2008
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    June 17, 2008

    Brooklyn's Banh Mi Stars

    Pork roll and sardines and pâté—oh my!

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    February 16, 2007
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    January 12, 2007
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    August 21, 2001
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