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[Bangkok] Best Vietnamese at T.House, Rachakru

klyeoh | Dec 31, 201409:11 PM

T.House delivers the best-tasting Vietnamese food I'd ever tasted in Bangkok - its deliciousness probably due to some customisation to suit Thai (and my) tastes.

- "Cha Gio": Fresh spring rolls stuffed with shrimps, chicken, pork and rice vermicelli. Confession: I never actually liked this dish - tried it in Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore, in Paris-Chinatown, in Vietnamese enclaves in Australian cities, even in Ho Ci Minh City and Hanoi. So, it was with some trepidation that I tried the one my friend ordered here. But T.House's rendition was absolutely delicious. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think there is more than a bit of Thai culinary expertise that went into assembling this otherwise bland-tasting raw rice roll into a bundle with a delightful taste explosion: nice combination of crisp vegetables and aromatic herbs.

- "Banh Cuon": Steamed Vietnamese flat-wide noodles filled with minced pork-shrimps-mushrooms, sprinkled on top with crisp, golden-fried onions. Again, the rendition here tasted more "Thai" (think, "khanom jeeb") than the type you get in Vietnam which seems to lean more towards Southern Chinese cooking.

- "Banh Xeo": Crisp rice crepe with minced chicken, prawns, mushrooms and beansprouts. Another famous Vietnamese dish which I didn't quite like. T-House's version was no different - bland-ish filling, but the nice, crisp crepe was very good. I polished off all of my crepe.

- "Chao Tom": sugarcane-skewered minced shrimps, served with moist fresh rice vermicelli. Now, *this* is a must-order - the version here is the BEST I'd ever tasted.

- "Oc Hap Nhồi Thịt": Vietnamese-style stuffed snails in shell. This one's a disappointment, seemed over-cooked and greasy, compared to the moist, incredibly tasty versions I had in a couple of places in Ho Chi Minh City before. Can avoid here.

- "Pho Bo": Rice noodles in beef soup. Tasty version, but not outstanding. I've not been able to find really good "pho bo" outside Vietnam, where they boil entire ox-spine in giant vats in a fire strong enough to set a home kitchen on fire, in order to get the strong flavours essential for the soup dish.

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T.House Vietnamese (Rachakru Branch)
33 Soi Phahonyothin Road (ซอย ราชครู)
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Thailand
Tel: +66 2 270 1308/9

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