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Saigon Corner in Quincy (go for HongKong beef stew)

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Saigon Corner in Quincy (go for HongKong beef stew)

winq | Feb 18, 2008 04:49 AM

So Pho Hoa 4 opened in North Quincy on Hancock street and it does some good stuff, not quite as good as some of the places in Fields Corner, but close. But right around the corner on Billings Rd is a place that has been there for a while "Saigon Corner" I went there one time and got bahn-mi which were decent, but not stunning, but I noticed that everyone there was ordering a beef stew.

So I went back and realized that more than half of the menu was "hong kong style beef stew" in a variety of of shapes and sizes. You can get it on rice, large or small, with noodles with noodles and wontons, and a bunch of other variations. There is other stuff on the menu, although no seafood of any kind, which is odd for a Vietnamese restaurant, but apparently you aren't really supposed to order it.

So I don't know why a Vietnamese restaurant specializes in what sounds like a Chinese dish, but the beef stew is really good. It has only a whiff of heat, but has a nice bit of other spices (mostly things in five spice powder, but maybe a tiny bit of curry or just tumeric), and it is quite beefy with big chunks of long stewed meat.

So, check it out, there is something fun about places that really only make one dish, but do it right. (And we don't get many of those in America.)

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Saigon Corner
24 Billings Rd, Quincy, MA 02171

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