After I left the "Images at War's End" exhibit at Camp Pendleton, I was making pretty good time and realized I could squeeze in a quick lunch. I messaged my friend DP to see if she was free since she said recently that there were a few restaurants she wanted me to try. But after we saw that one of them was closed, and because I hadn't blogged it yet, we ended up across the street at Banh Cuon Tay Ho 4.
This location, also on Bolsa Avenue and just a few blocks down from their original #2 restaurant next to the Asian Garden Mall, is a little more spacious with better parking. It's a few doors over from Thach Che Hien Khanh - Westminster (Little Saigon) and across the driveway from Quan Hy Vietnamese Restaurant - Westminster (Little Saigon).
If you're unfamiliar, banh cuon (Vietnamese rolled rice noodle sheets) are thinly steamed and stuffed with ground pork and Nam Meo (Tree Ear Fungus) or shrimp. You can see how it's done in my YouTube video of banh cuon being made at Banh Mi & Che Cali Restaurant - Alhambra. Tay Ho is West Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam.
I ordered the $6 #7 banh cuon nhan thit (Vietnamese rolled rice noodle sheets stuffed with meat) which came with Banh Tom (Vietnamese Shrimp and Yam Fritters) and cha lua (Vietnamese steamed pork loaf). There were also thinly sliced cucumbers and bean sprouts under the mound of rice noodles.
Here's another angle so you can see how the banh cuon is rolled.
My friend ordered the $6.35 #1 banh cuon dac biet Tay Ho (Vietnamese special rolled rice noodle sheets West Lake-style) which also came with the shrimp fritters and steamed pork loaf along with banh cong (Vietnamese green bean cakes).
If you look at the front of the plate, she also got shrimp rolled noodles on her plate.
Close-up of the banh cong.
Every table has a huge pitcher of Nuoc Mam Cham (Vietnamese Fish Dipping Sauce) for you to pour over the noodles.
I've been lazy and usually get banh cuon to-go these days so I quite enjoyed our quick lunch.
My friend said there's two restaurants she goes to in Little Saigon that make the banh cuon better.
Next time then.
Except those other restaurants don't have the variety of toppings that Banh Cuon Tay Ho has.
April 28, 2015 update:
Banh Cuon Tay Ho 4 has now moved to
9822 Bolsa Ave, Suite 101-H
Westminster, CA 92683
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Other places to get banh cuon:
Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon - Alhambra
Banh Mi & Che Cali Restaurant - Alhambra
Thai Son Lo Banh Cuon - Westminster (Little Saigon)
Banh Cuon Tay Ho 4
9629 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92684
Wednesday to Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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