Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Slurp du Jour: Bun Bo Hue at Sao Bien
Maybe the third time is a charm, when it comes to seeking authenticity in a Tenderloin bowl of Bun Bo Hue. At Mangosteen, where I had my first (not counting a bow at Golden Flower in Chinatown) they eschew an essential ingredient, coagulated pigs blood. At Ngoc Mai I discovered that they selectively omit it (notably for palefaces like me). "Go to the place across the street from Hai Ky Mi Gia, you'll get the real thing there," said my friend Alice, who is long on knowledge of Vietnamese food but short on remembering restaurant names. That place turned out to be Sao Bien, formerly know as Vietnam II (alternately spelled as Vietnam Too).
Where Slurped: Sao Bien, 701 Larkin Street, San Francisco in Little Saigon.