As much as I love a good bowl of Pho, I've gained a new found appreciation for Bun Bo Hue. For the longest time, I've been ignoring it since I was focusing my efforts on finding the best Pho in town (which is Pho Tam IMO). More recently, I've decided to revisit many of the more popular Pho joints in search of the best Bun Bo Hue. And on the topic of most popular, Viv and I visited Thai Son (1st & Renfrew location).
Viv had the Pho Dac Biet at my urging, since I wanted her tendon (that sounds weird...). We found the broth to be quite flavourful in an unnatural way - MSG. Now with that being said, we still liked it since there was a good amount of depth as well. The noodles themselves were al dente and plentiful while the meat were tender and sliced properly. As for my Bun Bo Hue, it was equally flavourful, if not more so. I got an immediate hit of lemongrass as well as some fermented shrimp. There was a moderate amount of spice despite the oil slick on top. I found the noodles a touch soft while the meats were in a abundance and prepared properly. Kudos for the pork knuckle, but they were still missing the pork blood.
To get our fill, we got the Lemongrass Chicken on Rice as well. It was a good portion with a large piece of grilled chicken on top. It was super juicy and moist with a good amount of seasoning. We found it more sweet than anything else. In fact, it overwhelmed any lemongrass they had used in the marinade. Above average - is the word I would used to describe Thai Son. Usually does the job with predictable food, nothing more, nothing less.
- Decent portions
- Pretty generic, so don't expect to be blown away
- A bit sparse with the service