Written by Shirley T
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 00:00
Operating since 15 years ago, Tan My Vietnamese Restaurant is a little gem shadowed by Target along US Hwy 183. Occupying the corner unit, Tan My is tucked away in a strip of mall at the intersection of Payton Gin and Ohlen Roads. On our first exploration to Tan My, it was a bit of effort. But with a little patience and endurance, we were happy that we found a great place for Pho and Bun Bo Hue!
Two days later we were back again, this time with a bigger crowd in two cars. More than half of us went for Bun Bo Hue after my brief introduction about this unique yet not-so popular Vietnamese noodle. Originated from Central Vietnamese, Bun Bo Hue can be described as the wild version of pho. It is predominantly flavored by lemon grass, chili and shrimp paste compares to Pho, which is mainly from star anise, cinnamon and cloves. The broth is usually prepared from long simmered beef/pork bones. Served with round rice noodle (bun), the meat accompaniments are brisket (beef), pig knuckles and cubes of pig blood. If you are someone who loves a mixed flavor of spicy-tangy, then Bun Bo Hue is the perfect match for you. Otherwise, you will be sweating and drinking plenty of water (milk is better) to cure.
The first time I placed an order for Bun Bo Hue, the server was a bit of surprise since I am not a regular there. How on earth would I know about this wild noodle! On our second visit, the friendly server came to ask for our feedback on Bun Bo Hue. Oh, I love the broth, perfectly combined unlike other places I tried, their spiciness and spices are often too mild. Another plus, Tan My is very generous with the meats, I had mine more than enough for a day's share even though I asked them to omit pig blood.
Besides the superb Bun Bo Hue, Tan My also serves the other delicate Vietnamese noodles like Pho, Hu Tieu, and Egg Noodles in addition to the popular Vietnamese spring rolls, appetizers and desserts. Vietnamese coffee is available too. In general, the serving is huge and inexpensive. Service is prompt and friendly.
Whenever I thought of Austin and Vietnamese cuisine, Tan My comes the first in my mind!
1601 Ohlen Rd
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 832 9585
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