Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pagolac Restaurant Bo 7 Mon (7 Courses of Beef) - Westminster (Little Saigon)

Shortly after I posted about Vietnam Restaurant's 7 courses of beef, Clara of I Heart Food 4 Thought and I Heart Cuppycakes offered to take me to her family's favorite, Pagolac Restaurant in Westminster. While I didn't need an introduction to Pagolac, it's been a Little Saigon staple for years, I welcomed the chance to meet up with her anyway. I invited Gourmet Pigs and Ila of I Nom Things to join us.


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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.

Alrighty then!

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.


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From top of the plate, bean sprouts, sliced green bananas, Do Chua (Vietnamese Pickled Stuff ie. Carrots and Daikon), and cucumbers.


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Tom/Bo Nuong Vi (Shrimp and Beef for the Grill) $15.99. Marinated with lemongrass.


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Yum. Yum. Yum! We put this on the grill first since we couldn't wait. Lots of lemongrass aromas.


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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.


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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).


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A simplified Bo Bi Tet (Vietnamese Beef Salad).


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And finally to finish off, Chao Bo (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Beef).


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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


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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
714-531-4740
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.

6 comments:

  1. "I only take pictures of food and inanimate objects."

    <3

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  2. Ooo...how fun! Was tempted in doing this 7 course of beef at Golden Deli a few days ago, but wasn't willing to eat that much beef. :) It's interesting how the chao bo is so much more liquidy compared to Chinese style porridge in Hong Kong style cafes.

    LOL on the last sentence. Although now you do take pictures of moving objects. ;)

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  3. WeeMo,
    Because they don't move! I suck at taking pictures of things that don't stay still. :P

    ETE,
    And babies! It's babies galore around here sometimes.

    Anna,
    Yup!

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  4. Such good advice on two people per order. It is a lot of food. And girl, you know just how to make me jealous...Why didn't I go there when I had the chance? Oh yeah, because there were 15 other restaurants I was wanting to try, plus the family always think we should cook at home...Sounds like it was good company and good eats.

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  5. Tammy,
    I can't imagine eating all that for one person. Plus, a side order of nuong vi is always great for variety.

    PS ETE,
    Forgot to mention that if the porridge were the whole meal, it would've been thicker. But this was simply to finish off 6 other courses of beef, so it's better to make it light. :)

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