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Bo De Tinh Tam Chay, Westminster, CA » wandering tummie

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Mar 14

Bo De Tinh Tam Chay, Westminster, CA

Ever since I embarked on a vegetarian excursion, I’ve been seeking out all these great veggie restaurants, with my vegetarian mom’s help, of course. And Bo De Tinh Tam Chay is so far one of the best there is.

I like the peaceful ambience of the place, with naturesque decor throughout. Many of the servers are Buddhists who are regulars at the temples my family and I go. That just adds a bit of familiarity to the place.

Let’s just get right to the food. 🙂

Crispy noddle with stir fried veggies (top left). Since I like crispy food, the noodle was perfectly fried golden. The veggies and sauce were just right, not salty or bland. Nice presentation.

Fried wonton appetizer (top middle). One word: WOW! The stuff inside tastes like real meat. AND the tomato sweet and sour sauce is excellent and makes it ten times better! These taste as good as the ones my aunt makes at home!

Com tam bi cha tau hu ky, or broken rice with shredded “pork”, tofu skin, egg patty (top right). This is one of their besh dishes. The shredded pork tastes just like real ones, and I totally dig the egg patty.

Mi nam vang, or egg noodle soup, (bottom left). Tons of veggie goodness – broccoli, mushrooms, tofu, some crunchie stuff, onions, shallots, etc. Had they added these crispy tau hu ky pieces (commonly served with these veggie noodle soups) it would’ve been perfect. Still, I highly recommend!

“Chicken” curry (bottom right). I’m not big on curry, veggie or not. My parents ordered this and I thought it was kind of bland. Don’t expect highly flavorful spiciness like you would with a meaty curry.

Bun hue, or hue rice noodle soup (bottom middle). Decent. The meaty version of this is called “bun bo hue” with slices of beef and a lot more spiciness. But since this is vegetarian, they call it “bun hue” without the “bo” (beef) and it’s not as flavorful. Restaurants tend to give you a buttload of noddles so I had to tell them to give me half the portion, but give me full portion on everything else. Haha. I’m not big on carbs, so the less the better!

Ca kho to (not pictured) is also delish. It’s soy cooked in a clay pot and tastes like fish because of the seaweed lining around it. A bit on the salty side but still a must-try.

There are 2 locations. For some reason I could not find the first location on Bolsa. This review is intended for #2, on Beach Blvd. It’s probably bigger and better here anyway. 🙂

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