Not when it's crispy charred on the outside, smoky, sweet and tender on the inside.
The Beef Satay or Bo Nuong Lui ($5.50) we ate yesterday at Pho Viet Huong (73 Mulberry Street, 212.233.8988) was melt in your mouth tender.
While the dipping sauce was unremarkable, we didn't care because the meat - and it's all about the meat here - was just short of divine intervention.
We only had snacks - Gol Cuon (shrimp summer rolls) $4.50 and Cha Gio (fried spring rolls) $4.50. but we noticed other diners slurping up the restaurants signature noodle soups and made a note to try them on our next visit.
I've had far better Gol Cuon and the Cha Gio was nothing to get excited about, but the beef, the beef, was so good I didn't mind the other less than stellar snacks.
Yes, if you must know. They have Banh Mi, too.
Maybe you can't get to C-town today or even next week, so I'm giving you the DIYer experience with a recipe from Emeril Lagasse for Beef Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce.