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Mekong Plaza Food Court [Mesa]

Dmnkly | Sep 8, 201102:29 AM

Anybody spent any time in the food court down at Mekong Plaza? In particular, between My Tho and Hue Gourmet, you've got two less well-known regional Vietnamese places right next to each other, which is kind of a mini-bonanza of ethnic eatery interest.

At My Tho, I've had a couple bowls of bun, both a little rustic... big, chunky pieces of meat grilled to a char in places. The bo kho is notably unlike that I've had before, less clear, seemingly more viscous and almost a little grungier. I'm not sure that I don't prefer cleaner, more intense iterations, but is this typical of the region or just of this particular stand?

Hooray for nem bo! Over at Hue Gourmet, I love to nosh on those little packets of pickled beef with garlic and chiles are freaking addictive. And their bun bo hue is a little surprising to me, very light and oily and screaming of lemongrass, with shrimp paste served on the side for funk. The other versions I've had have all been considerably darker... is this lighter style more traditional?

My knowledge of the regional variations in Vietnamese dishes isn't up to snuff, but it makes me want to eat their menus to learn. Anybody with more detailed experience in a position to comment on if these places represent their regions well?

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