“What shall we eat for lunch?” This question always appear especially on weekend and national holiday, because my husband is not working and I can’t just go somewhere alone to eat whatever I want (can I?) :D. He was not feeling feel and wanted something cheap and throat-friendly because of his cough.
We opened once again the list from migrationology and looked at Bun Thit Nuong place. It is not too far from where we live and last time we were there, they tasted good. We went there riding our motorbike with me as navigator (google map on stand by!), and it was an easy trip.
In front of the restaurant, there was a guy calling us to park our motorbike at the spot. He helped my husband arranging the motorbike in parking lot, then another guy gave me a parking card.
The space inside this restaurant is limited. Maybe they have second floor though, but I’m not sure. We sat on one of empty table and one of the employee approached us. I ordered bun cha gio, while my husband ordered bun thit nuong. The guy asked me something but I couldn’t understand him.. For the drink, we ordered just iced tea.
The food came out quite fast. My bun cha gio didn’t taste like expected 😦 It’s either their cha gio (Spring roll) was worse than before, or I happened to have tried a better one. It didn’t taste terrible though. Still edible. Just not as good as I expected.
My husband’s bun thit nuong on the other hand was delicious. Their grilled pork is tasty. If you like pork satay, then this one is similar.
The total for our meal was 84k vnd. We came out to get our motorbike on parking lot and it was free parking! I saw a guy was grilling the pork skewers at the side of the street near parking lot, and I said to my husband “This is why their grilled pork taste good! :D”
I’ve seen this place before when I passed by on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street but I never realized that this restaurant was on my ‘have to visit’ list (Yes I have a list on my Foursquare account haha). So today I decided to try it out. A bit worried that they don’t have English menu though. But I know a few words in Vietnamese and several types of food, so no harm in trying 😀
I came in and the place was crowded! Must be really good (or really cheap.. one of another). They have second floor seating as well, and I sat on one of the small table. The waitress gave me the menu while speaking in Vietnamese. I just smiled and received the menu. I saw on the menu they have lunch menu set which is interesting options. The girl came again (I’ve just opened 1 page!) and spoke in Vietnamese again. This time I told her “Sorry, I can’t speak Vietnamese” while smiling. And she smiled back and tried to explain with her limited English. In conclusion, all lunch set menu has sold out (what??!) only clay pot set menu left, or the ala carte dishes.
Clay pot menu ala carte
Rice with Stir fried ala carte
Their first page on menu is noodle soup dish (hu tieu), then claypot, rice and fried noodle (mi xao). I didn’t know what to order because everything seemed interesting for me (yes, I was very hungry!). No noodle for sure. I had enough of noodle yesterday 😀 I decided to order Rice with Pork Combination (com thit xao thap cam).
When it came, I was surprised. Didn’t expect this many vegetables! And I didn’t see the “pork combination”. Just pork meat and mushroom, sauted with green vegetable, onions and carrot. Anyway.. I started eating. OMG! It was very delicious!! The taste was just right and I didn’t have to add anything more. I loved it! The vegetables were also fresh, especially the mushroom. Soo yummy! I really enjoyed it.
While I ate, I saw some people eating dessert. I saw on their menu that they only serve dessert during weekday, so why don’t I try it. Ordered 1 Che! I have no idea what is that aside from the red bean. They were sweet and using coconut milk for sure. I like it 😀
I didn’t order drink because they gave free ice tea. The total cost for rice and dessert was 61k vnd. What a deal! It is a good option for lunch or dinner if you are looking for a cheap and delicious homecooked-style Vietnamese food.