7 courses of beef

it’s no secret that one of my favorite foods is pho.  i would like to go to Vietnam one day just to eat.  not joking when I say this….last week, for a change, i thought it would be nice to have a different variety of Vietnamese cuisine — 7 courses of beef.  There are two well known places for this in the city, Pagolac & Anh Hong.  SW and I decided to go to:

Pagolac

655 Larkin St San Francisco, CA 94109‎

(415) 776-3234

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it’s like a simpler version of a multi-course meal 🙂

first up…

a beef carpaccio..loved the flavors, especially the tartness and mint.  very tender.

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Ba Tai Chanh — thin slices of rare beef marinated in lemon juice seasoned with chopped mints & peanuts

2nd course:

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Bo Nhung Dam — slices of beef cooked in an onion vinegar firepot

along with the meat comes a big plate of veggies, including lettuce, basil, mint, cucumbers, bean sprouts, carrots, & pickled daikon, to make your own spring rolls and nuoc mum (fish sauce) to dip them in.

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3rd course:

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Bo Nuong Vi — marinated raw slices of beef cooked over a grill at your own table

there’s just something really enticing to me about sizzling meat on a hot hot grill…

4th, 5th, & 6th Course:

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Bo La Lot — grilled beef sausages wrapped in wild pepper leaves an a skewer
Bo Cuon Mo — grilled beef wrapped over scallions on a skewer
Bo Lui — marinated bbq beef skewers

these come already cooked for you..no more self-cooking necessary!  again..you can eat them off the skewers, or make more rolls.

7th and Last Course:

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Chao Bo — vietnamese rice porridge with minced beef, green onion and cilantro

 mmm…the hot soup, a perfect way to end the meal!

The last time, I went, it was only $16 per person which seemed like a pretty good deal, but now it’s increased to $18.50.  I guess it’s still not bad.  Next time, I’d like to try Anh Hong and see how it compares.  better or worse?

🙂

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