Sông Hương

Over the last few years I’ve been searching throughout Vancouver for excellent Phở, the best Vietnamese Beef Stew and a killer spring roll. When you embark on that kind of mission, invariably, you will discover all the other amazing delicacies. So far the most intriguing has been Bo 7 Mon. Bo 7 Mon is Beef 7 Ways. Not many places offer it. The only one I know of is Sông Hương. If I’m wrong, let me know. Please!

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Sông Hương is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in East Van. Their cuisine is from the city of Huế in Central Vietnam. I went there initially to try their Bún bò Huế, a spicier version of Phở loaded with a pig’s knuckle and congealed pork blood . But that’s another post…

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I had a pretty good idea of what we’d be feasting on but it was pretty cool to see it all laid out before us.

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The thinly-sliced lean beef is dipped in a hot, seasoned broth. Rice wraps are dunked in bowls of steaming water. You choose from basil, saw-leaf and mint. Add fresh sliced vegetables or sprouts for crunch. Maybe chile-garlic sauce or crushed peanuts.

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This is my pathetic attempt:

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This is how it should be done:

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Next came grilled Vietnamese sausage. These were incredible…juicy, tender and full of flavor. They counted as two beef dishes because some were wrapped in grape leaves.

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The next dish was a grilled beef salad. Perfectly grilled slices of marinated beef atop pickled carrot, pickled daikon and lettuce. So good I neglected to take a photo.

Then the congee….

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This hit the spot…especially with a solid dollop of chile-garlic.

Next up was the gigantic meatball. A quarter-pound of ground meat goodness.

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That’s a tasty meatball. How can anything wrapped in caul-fat not taste good?

The Bo 7 Mon should feed, we are told, 3-4 people. Not the people I know. Therefore, more is in order. The killer spring roll:

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Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese Rice Rolls):

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All told, a damn good feed.

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