Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bun Chay Review III: Pho An Sandy


Pho An Sandy was recently included in the Willamette Weekly's Cheap Eats 2013 listing, so we decided to investigate--it doesn't take us too much prodding to try a new Vietnamese restaurant.  Especially since I'm always hoping the best bun chay of my life is around the corner.

Their menu looked promising, but didn't list their prices, so we ordered blindly figuring their bun chay couldn't be much more than Hanoi Kitchen's $6.75 delight, especially since the Willamette Weekly included the restaurant as a "cheap eat."

(L):  Bun Dau Hu - Vermicelli noodles with tofu, vegetables, and a side of  seasoned soy sauce.
(R):  Bun Cha Gio Chay - Vermicelli noodles with vegetarian fried spring rolls, vegetables, and a side of seasoned oy sauce.
I ordered the Bun Dau Hu and Dazee got the Bun Cha Gio Chay.  Bun Cha Gio Chay is basically the same as the bun chay I adore, but with chopped up fried (wheat flour) spring rolls in the mix, instead of fried tofu. The accompanying sauces weren't gluten-free (I knew this when we ordered), but otherwise they were both really good, and we enjoyed them. 

Along with the normal bun chay ingredients, mine seemed to also have some toasted rice powder on top, which I think added to the flavor and texture. There might have also been some sort of Vietnamese pickle included, but I'm not sure.  Actually, the more I think about it, I would bet that Pho An Sandy is using one of the bean curd mixes from Bui's Tofu--it tastes exactly the same as a combo they sell that's made from fried tofu, toasted brown rice powder and pickled papaya.

Cha Gio is super yummy, so order your bun with it if you can eat the glutenz!
The one crazy thing about our meals was the total came to $19.00, which is a LOT for Vietnamese takeout in Portland.  I called to double check the charge, and the restaurant confirmed the dishes are $9.00 each in addition to a .50 take out surcharge.  Gack!  So much more than our regular bun jaunts.

Bun Dau Hu money shot.
Pho An Sandy 
6236 NE Sandy Blvd P
Portland, OR 97213

xo
kittee

14 comments:

  1. I have never had Bun Chay. In fact, I am not sure I have ever had Vietnamese food at all?? There is no Vietnamese food here. Sounds like I am missing out!

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    1. oh!!! Bun Chay is probably my favorite thing to eat ever. if you can find the time, i will take you on a bun chay tour when you're here this Spring.

      xo
      kittee

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  2. Looks great but too bad about the sticker shock. Those are cheap prices for Philly, though, LOL!

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  3. Yeah, our Vietnamese joint doesn't have hardly anything on the menu over $5 bucks. The food looks super good, but pretty pricey! You're totally making me crave Bun Chay!

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  4. Ooh, I may have to check that place out during VCC! The bun with the spring rolls on top looks fantastical! I live in Memphis' "Little Vietnam" area, and every place here is dirt cheap....except for one. And that one happens to be the only Vietnamese place in my 'hood that's open on Sundays. One Sunday a few months ago, I was suffering from a horrible hangover and NEEDED tofu fried rice. I went to the only place open, and they charged $11 for tofu fried rice!! Every other place charges, like, $5 max. Ugh. The rice was tasty though.

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    1. well $11 for a headache remedy is probably worth it every once in awhile, but dang a lang, that is a lot!

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  5. Wow, they sound great - sorry they were pricey though. I'm with Dynise, though. In NYC, that's not bad for a meal. Or maybe it is. I've never had Vietnamese either.

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    1. never. had. Vietnamese????
      that needs to be remedied immediately (IMHO)!!

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      kittee

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  6. The food looks really good but yikes for the price! I hate when I'm expecting one thing and get another. Love the presentation!

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    1. seriously. 9.00 for takeout in PDX is REALLY expensive.

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  7. Kittee! This is Meadowflower from LJ. I haven't been there for a long time but saw your link to this blog on your last post and thought I'd pop over. What a cool site! I look forward to reading it.

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    1. long long long time no see!! thanks for following me over here!
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      kittee

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