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This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for about half a year, you can tell from the old-style watermark. I think this was just about the time when I’d suddenly thought my Vietnamese and hawker food posts were starting to look like a progressive blur of the same ol’ things that I like ordering. But if you think about it, it’s the same thing with my brunch posts now. You see pictures and pictures and pictures of magic coffees! So I really shouldn’t be so dismissive towards hawker fare.
I’m a creature of habit. Vietnamese food, to me, can be quite hit and miss with the dishes, that’s why I order the same reliable ones that I know won’t cause dismay. Phở bò, gỏi cuốn, bún chà. I veer off that track occasionally when I feel adventurous enough and willing to face up to a disastrous dish, like the rather inedible bún măng vịt I ordered in Phở Tâm.
Of course, I ordered Dong Ba’s specialty dish, the bún bò huế (tái) – Hue style spicy beef noodle soup (with rare beef) $10. The soup was quite oily, but it had a definite lemongrass kick and a mild spiciness to it. Could be spicier. The noodles had a nice al-dente bite to it and good beef pieces were used. The herbage was also interestingly varied, it wasn’t just the usual thai basil and bean sprouts, there was purple cabbage, mint, lettuce and vietnamese mint, all which rendered an added depth of fragrance to the soup.
I think bún bò huế soups are not exactly my cup of tea, I won’t go craving for it on a normal day. But what I had here tasted pretty good and better than the bún bò huế I’ve had at other joints.