Restaurant 87 Trần Khắc Chân, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Bánh Canh Cua 87 is special ?
Banh Canh Cua 87 which, predictably, serves bánh canh cua at number 87 Tran Khac Chan. This gooey, slimy, crab-based concoction, uses thick and doughy noodles which are famously slippery: getting them to stay on your chopsticks from bowl to mouth is a challenge.
Banh canh is quite similar to Japanese udon noodles, except the noodles, which are typically made with a combination of rice and tapioca starch, are more sticky and a little chewier than udon. Instead of being a typical noodle soup with a thin stock, banh canh cua is more like a hearty stew, the broth is thickened like gravy, almost like Thai cuisine style radna. The gravy normally has quite a mellow crab flavor, but what’s really impressive are the nuggets of crab meat that come in a bowl, and the toppings, including chilies and limes. If you’re a crab lover, this is a Vietnamese dish for you.
How to get to Bánh Canh Cua 87?
Bánh Canh Cua Trần Khắc Chân is located very close to the famous Guc Cach Quan (a higher end Vietnamese restaurant), just a little north of Le Van Tam Park. From the Ben Thanh are, take a taxi to get there, and just show the driver the address in Vietnamese, and he knows the spot.
- Great seafood noodle
- Very tasty banh canh cua
- Fast service, cheap meal
- An incredibly enjoyable noodle soup dish
- Best street food in HCM
- Noise level Loud
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
87 Trần Khắc Chân, Tân Định, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Thick noodle with a thickened seafood broth. Delicious authentic local cuisine. I've had Banh Canh Cua (BCC for short in this review) in another place. However, it tasted nothing like this stall. It was cheap too. 40,000 per bowl. The thick noodle has a nice texture. Almost like a fatter version of "mee tai mak" from Singapore. There was a generous portion of ingredients: sliced pork, prawn, crab meat, crab cake, congealed blood and spring onion. If you're from Singapore, this would taste alright to you. It tasted like a good Prawn Mee if you know what I mean. Except, with Mee Tai Mak instead of yellow noodle. And soup slightly thickened. Good to try, but if it's out of the way, you can consider giving it a miss. If you're not Asian, go try it! Worth it! I'm a little spoilt from choices and good food back home. Therefore, this wasn't excellent for me. It's very good no matter.
So the price went up from 30k to 35k, but still amazing! always packed, but have overflow seating in the alley near the motorbike parking. super quick takeaway, too, no need to get off your bike.