Restaurants and Cafes, Sunset Park

Bun Rieu (Vietnamese Tomato and Crab Noodle Soup) at Thanh Da

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Thanh Da in Sunset Park is one of my favorite Vietnamese spots in the city. I used to only go for the (delicious) banh mi, neglecting everything else on the menu. Then one day I saw that they offered bun rieu, a Vietnamese crab and tomato noodle soup that I hadn’t seen anywhere else in New York.

And what a shame too. This dish is immensely flavorful, with bright tomato-y broth, bits of crab paste, tender pork, fried tofu puffs, and a hearty amount of rice noodles, all topped with fresh mint and bean sprouts. To compare: the last time I had a bowl of bun rieu was in Hanoi at a street stall. Thanh Da’s version is almost as good, without requiring a plane ride to Vietnam.

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Also recommended: an order of the fresh shrimp spring rolls and some Vietnamese iced coffee.

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(Photos originally from Appetite for China, my other blog.)

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Thanh Da
6008 7th Ave (between 60th St & 61st St)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
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