Not too delayed in my posting this time. We dined here in February 2009. I still have 2007 posts in the queue. :P
After a quick pit stop for some Vietnamese puddings and sticky rice at Thach Che Hien Khanh - Garden Grove, Gourmet Pigs and I met up with the OC ladies.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, seven courses of beef is err, seven courses of beef. :P For $13.99. One order is usually enough to feed two people. So we got two orders for the four of us, and one mixed order of beef and shrimp for the grill.
You'll get a variety of beef dishes that you can wrap with herbs in rice paper. And Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce) and Mam Nem (Vietnamese Fermented Anchovy Sauce) for dipping.
From top of the plate, bean sprouts, sliced green bananas, Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Stuff ie. Carrots and Daikon), and cucumbers.
Tom/Bo Nuong Vi (Shrimp and Beef for the Grill) $15.99. Marinated with lemongrass.
Yum. Yum. Yum! We put this on the grill first since we couldn't wait. Lots of lemongrass aromas.
Everything after this was included in the seven courses of beef. The portions pictured were for two orders.
From the top there's Bo Nuong Mo Chai (Vietnamese Grilled Ground Beef Sausage seasoned with Chinese five spices), Bo Sate (Vietnamese Beef Satay) with pickles and ginger wrapped in sliced tenderloin, Bo Cha Dum (Vietnamese Steamed Beef Meatballs) with mushrooms, peanuts, and spices, and my favorite Bo Nuong La Lot (Vietnamese Grilled Beef with Wild Betel Leaves). And Banh Phong Tom (Vietnamese Shrimp Chips) sprinkled throughout.
Compared to Vietnam Restaurant's version of seven courses of beef, and only because I had dined at both places within a month of each other, I noticed that the flavors were a little more pronounced here. I normally don't even like the steamed meatballs, yet I thought these were pretty tasty.
We also got Bo Nhung Dam (Vietnamese Beef Dipped in Vinegar).
A simplified Bo Bi Tet (Vietnamese Beef Salad).
And finally to finish off, Chao Bo (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Beef).
Seven courses of beef for $13.99!
Yeah, it's kinda gimmicky. I tend to just do courses of beef at home these days because I can make just the beef dishes I like, but every once in a while, it's fun to introduce others to it.
As we left, I shot a picture of the Vespa scooters they had in the entryway. I guess everyone takes pictures because one of the waiters offered to take my photo sitting on top of the Vespa. Err, no, I only take pictures of food and inanimate objects. :P
My other Vietnamese multi-course posts:
Binh Dan Restaurant (De 7 Mon (7 Courses of Goat)) - Westminster (Little Saigon)
Vietnam Restaurant (Bo 7 Mon (7 Courses of Beef)) - San Gabriel
Who else blogged about Pagolac?
Elmo Monster's introduction to seven courses of beef was here.
Chubbypanda recorded how to roll rice paper.
And old school post from Daily Gluttony.
Ila of I Nom Things took this opportunity to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine.
Pagolac Restaurant Bo 7 Mon
14580 Brookhurst St.
Westminster, CA 92683
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1 year ago today, Turkey and Cranberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
2 years ago today, my favorite banh beo and other Central Vietnamese food at Quan Hy Vietnamese Restaurant - Westminster (Little Saigon).
3 years ago today, Fosselman's Ice Cream Co. - Alhambra, which boasts 16% butterfat in their ice cream.