Pho is one of my favorite cheap eats in this city, however I don't post about it as often as I eat it. The main reason is that I have not developed a pallet that can really distinguish between good pho and great pho.

Song Huong has moved to a new bigger location down the street. The service is fast and the place was fairly busy but due to the size there was still lots of available seating. Prices are cheap and you can even order just one spring roll (2.50) to give your meal that deep fried taste that I always crave.

I decided to be adventurous and order the bun bo hue ($5.75 for the small, $6.25 for the large). This noodle dish is from the region of Hue in Vietnam and is a little different than your typical pho. The rice noodles are a little thicker, closer to size of spaghetti, the soup is topped with thinly sliced pieces of purple cabbage and the broth has a touch of spice to it. The major difference is the type of meats that they put in the bowl, there are the regular thin slices of beef but there are also things like pigs feet nuckle, and congealed pig blood. It is a little strange because the region of Hue is known for its large population of vegetarians. Overall, this dish is not my thing, the texture of the pig skin on the feet was a little too much for me, it reminded me of some dissections done in university biology class. Oh well, I tried, back to the usual pho (tripe, beef balls, etc).

Song Huong

1613 Nanaimo Street
Vancouver BC

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Anonymous said... @ March 23, 2009 at 11:39 PM

I quite like Bun Bo Hue actually..nice break from the normal Pho Dac Biet I usually get.

Anonymous said... @ March 23, 2009 at 11:47 PM

If you go back to Song Huong, you should go with someone else and have the beef seven ways. What a feast! Nothing that odd.

Unknown said... @ March 24, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Bun Bo Hue is sort of an acquired taste. The pigs knuckle and blood are mild in flavour...it is really more that texture that tends to put people off. I love it though.

I second the Bo 7 Mon recommendation. If you are dining by yourself, they have a Bo 3 Mon.

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