Vietnamese

All In the Phamily

I first got “pho cup’d” at the Haute Wheels food truck festival a couple of years ago. An ill-fated event for many, I arrived early enough that I pretty much had my pick of the litter and managed to add…

Com Tam #9

Among the Vietnamese restaurants along 249, there are plenty of options for pho, bun, and com dishes, there’s even a place serving just a single dish, bun bo Hue. But there was only one choice when it came to banh…

Oh Hai!

With┬áDuc Chuong II, I noted that in the two years I’ve worked in the area, there’s been quite a bit of turnover in the Hung Dong Market Center. (I’ll allow you exactly one “giggity” – but no more.) In the…

Crawfish and Noodles

I appreciate the straightforward candor of Vietnamese restaurant nomenclature. Many have the word “Pho” in their names or, as we saw with Duc Chuong II, the name of the dish they serve is featured more prominently than the name of…

Duc Chuong II

When I walked in, the eyes of the exclusively Vietnamese clientele alighted upon me briefly with perhaps a tinge of surprise, but then quickly returned to the bowls in front of them. I sat down, the prompt staff asked if…

Pho 45

Shabby strip center establishments carry a lot of cachet when it comes to Vietnamese restaurants, usually because the mom and pop proprietors are running the places themselves, which in turn is the hallmark of authenticity. Pho 45 however is housed…

Pho Bien Hoa

The great thing about eating pho is that you can disregard all the tenets of polite dining your mother so assiduously tried to inculcate. “Sit up straight,” she might intone, “Stop slurping!” But unless you want vermicelli noodles whipping and…