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I stopped by the new restaurant, Mien Tay, at 1218 15th Ave (between 12th and 13th St.) in Oakland. It has a relatively short 8-item menu of mostly noodle soups and 3 spring/egg rolls.
Not knowing too much about which dishes are Mien specialties, I decided to order the bún nước lèo Trà Vinh as it was labeled "đặc biệt" (special). It turned out to be similar to bun mam Soc Trang--a noodle soup based on a fermented fish broth with pork in it. The broth was much lighter and not very fishy--it was relatively clear and took on quite a bit of the pork flavor from the roast pork added to the broth. The pork was very porky and the non-crispy pieces were very tender. Some pieces had skin and a fat layer on them, likely adding to the porkiness of the dish. The condiments were served in the soup and included some shredded cabbage, chinese chives, rau răm, mint, and Vietnamese balm. The egg roll was tasty, but not fried fresh.
I enjoyed my meal, but would like to sample the rest of the menu next time. It was fairly busy for a 2 pm lunch, with the #4 I ordered being the most popular. I also saw a bun rieu go out, which looked good.
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