Friday afternoon I went to Trieu Chau at 500 University, which is just a few storefronts west of Cheng Heng. I’d been there before and was eager to go back. Part of what inspired me was this article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, noting that Trieu Chau, Homi, and Cheng Heng were really struggling with the street construction. I’d just reviewed the other two, so I knew it was time for Trieu Chau.
I typically don’t care that much about service, but I really notice it at Trieu Chau because everyone is always very engaging and helpful. The cashier saw that I biked there and immediately said that I traveled in a “good, old-fashioned American way.” I’m not so sure most people would think biking was that American of a way, but it was a good way to get on my good side. The Daily Planet article suggested the Bun Bo Hue so I went with that. I was not disappointed.
First off, I love the use of vermicelli noodles in Vietnamese food. I’ve typically had the noodle with grilled meat on top, never in soup like Bun Bo Hue. It is great in soup as well. There are a variety of meats in the dish, and I can’t tell you I could identify each one but traditionally it has beef shank, oxtails, and pig knuckles. It is a fine dish which I would happily get again. I was starving when I got there so I grabbed some spring rolls to start. Spring rolls are basically just peanut sauce delivery devices because that sauce is always so damn good.
For the second time, I failed to take a picture of my food proving I’ll never make it as a food blogger. I did snap a photo of the restaurant though. One thing to note is that sign on the chain link fence says “Buses to not stop here” as if could pull up in front.