Location: 6008 Seventh Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Price: bun bo hue $6.25; spring roll vermicelli $4.00
Okay I admit that I’ve been drooling over Vietnamese food lately but, I just can’t help it. Especially after watching that No Reservations episode when Tony goes back to Vietnam for the second time, I had to find a soup close to what that lunch lady makes. So with the help and suggestion of my Brooklynite friend Jeesoo, we made a trip to the “other” chinatown known as Sunset Park. Thanh Da restaurant, looks like any restaurant located around 8th ave but, they serve one dish that no one else serves: THE bun bo hue.
This spicy soup dish with tender pork pieces, noodles, and a mix of vegetables is what this place is known for. The soup is very spicy but, has SO much flavor to it. Actually, I think that it was a good choice that we also got the spring roll vermicelli to balance the intense flavors of this hearty soup. The spring rolls were crispy and light with a bit of meat layered inside to create a nice balance with the very fresh vermicelli noodles all mixed in with fish sauce.
I’m sure these are nothing like what you can find in Vietnam but, it certainly makes me want to go to Vietnam even more. Maybe once I move to back to Brooklyn I can at least take more trips to Sunset park and find more places to satisfy my Vietnamese food cravings.