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Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

On a different visit, I tried ordering the banh mi cari ga, a chicken curry Vietnamese sandwich. But the waiter told me that the chef didn't make chicken curry anymore. So much for that idea.

Duck and bamboo noodles is a Vietnamese classic offering consisting of two dishes eaten together. There's a plate of sliced duck in a cabbage salad with ground peanuts and Chinese cilantro. You dip the cold duck in a ginger, garlic and chili-flavored dipping sauce. Then there's a bowl of bamboo noodle soup — chicken broth with rice noodles and slices of fresh and fermented bamboo.

The duck salad was pretty good. But the fermented bamboo was nasty-­smelling. I hate to admit it, but the bamboo soup had "too much flavor" for me.

The mixed grill with sticky rice and a fried egg will blow you away.
Troy Fields
The mixed grill with sticky rice and a fried egg will blow you away.

Location Info


Banh Cuon Hoa 2

11169 Beechnut
Houston, TX 77072

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Outer Loop - SW


Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Banh xeo (crepe): $6.50

Mixed grill rice plate: $8.50

Mi quang: $6.50

Mi nam vang: $6.75

Banh cuon with pork: $5.75

11169 Beechnut, 281-495-9556.

Banh Cuon Hoa #2 is a Vietnamese restaurant for Asians. There are a lot of dishes here that you won't find on Americanized Vietnamese menus — and you'll have to decide for yourself whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.

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