Vietnamese Food and Cooking

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Lee’s Store and Bakery

I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010

Second act

One of the fundamental principles of marketing is that since competition is inevitable, you might as well be your own rival.
Veranda opens an excellent Noodle Bar
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 16, 2010

Tremont Street Cafe

Many budget restaurants I review have a single-item focus: hot dogs, banh mi, zapiekanki. They say, “We do one thing, and do it really well.” Then there are the Swiss army knives.  
 Just your typical South End deli/bakery/cafe/juice bar/gelateria/organic convenience store
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 09, 2010

2009: The year in cheap eats

In the wake of the Bush Recession, it's been gratifying to spend 2009 noting how many good budget-priced restaurants Boston has.
A good year to dine 'On the Cheap,' for many reasons
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 25, 2009

Mike's Bánh-Mì

Someday I'll be able to review a bánh-mì joint without providing a primer. But as a raft of new college students are arriving from the provinces, I'll once again offer Bánh Mì 101.
A great Vietnamese sandwich for both beginners and advanced eaters
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 04, 2009

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Oyster and clam farmer Perry Raso, whose harvests have become quite popular over the past three years, has taken his livelihood one step further and opened his own eatery: the Matunuck Oyster Bar. It sits on a beautiful cove just north of East Matunuck
Stellar servings from the sea
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 31, 2009


King Do Baguette and Pastry

One measure of how far Americans have come in their globetrotting culinary breadth is the number of ordinary folks I know who've tried a bánh mì, the great Vietnamese street-food sandwich.
An awesome roll makes for an extraordinary bánh mì
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 15, 2009

On the cheap: Pho Basil

When I lived in the Back Bay, my suburban friends would coo, "Oooh, you must love the great restaurants!"
Welcome freshness and value too rarely seen in the Back Bay
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 04, 2009

163 Vietnamese Sandwich

163 Vietnamese Sandwich is a typical slightly shabby Chinatown storefront.
The piquant (and unscary) joys of Asian sub sandwiches
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2008

Sweet genius

While the charms of Kim’s are ineffable, we can explain why the occupied Vietnamese invented such a delicious sandwich.
The Vietnamese bánh mì — created to please
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 29, 2008

Pho Horn

Strictly speaking, this is not a pho shop, like the more than two-dozen in Boston that offer countless variations, since it offers much more — nearly 100 dishes.
Authentic Vietnamese plus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008


Pho Republique

Retro done right sits well with me, and the refined fusion dishes here can be remarkable.
Refined fusion done right
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 04, 2008

Slurping sounds

The downtown Arts District has recently become a hot spot for Asian noodle soup.
Noodle houses deliver pleasure in a bowl
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 26, 2008

Ph? Viet

Let’s be clear up front: Ph? Viet, a counter-service Vietnamese joint in the Allston Super 88 supermarket’s slightly seedy food court, serves a smashing bánh mì.
Bodacious bánh mì and beyond
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 12, 2008

Senses and sensibility

February is the month of love, and the shortest month on the calendar.
Twenty$pot celebrates Valentine's Day
By TODD RICHARD  |  February 06, 2008

Ph? #1

The Vietnamese noodle soup ph? is a cheap-eats wonder.
Beautiful beltway beef broth
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 17, 2008


Zenna Noodle Bar

What’s three times better than a Vietnamese restaurant?
Regional stability in a bowl of soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 12, 2007

Cheap eats: The ultimate guide

Everyone loves a bargain, especially living-on-a-shoestring college students.
You don’t have to be flush to eat like a king in Rhode Island
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 05, 2007

Pho Viet’s Bánh mì

Try less than five bucks at Pho Viet, inside the Super 88 in Allston.
A sandwich by any other name . . .
By KENJI ALT  |  August 22, 2007

Toscanini’s Vietnamese coffee

As construction workers dismantled the giant metal T that presided over Harvard Square until this past December, my friends and co-workers began to lose weight.
Who needs half-caff?
By RACHEL NOLAN  |  August 08, 2007

Rim Nahm

I’ll tell of a time when there were no sriracha or choo chee sauces in Rhode Island, no lime leaves, galangal, or even a tom yum soup to put them into.
Contentment at the water's edge
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007


What chicken soup is to the Jewish culture, pho is to the Vietnamese.
Dazzling Southeast Asian variety
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 28, 2007

Phò Hóa

Since the original Pho Pasteur opened in 1992, Boston and Dorchester have become home to numerous small restaurants whose names begin with “pho,” the beef noodle soup of Hanoi that is now one of the most popular crossover dishes in Vietnamese-American
Good soup, fo' sho'
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 07, 2007

Le’s Vietnamese Cuisine’s pho

Famished? Freezing? Pho!
Soothe your stomach, warm your heart
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  December 05, 2006

Pho Paradise

You’ve got to admire a restaurant with as ambitious a name as Pho Paradise.
Vietnamese bragging rights
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 30, 2006

Minh Hai

If I tell you that I was close to tears upon discovering that my take-home bag of curried tofu and vegetables had been left behind, could you understand just how good it was?
Uncommonly bright and fresh flavors
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2006