I was interested to try hu tieu today. It’s a noodle dish in Vietnam that came from Cambodia and/or China, they said. Unfortunately the place i wanted to go is closed until 4 pm. I asked my driver if he knows other place, and he brought me to this place, Hong Phat. He said it’s very famous before, but he doesn’t know whether it’s still good or not now. Hmm..i can try (and i was very hungry as well !!).
The place were not too crowded when i came. A guy came to me and spoke in Vietnamese, then i reply in English (I know he was asking me how many people). Apparently he doesn’t understand, so he called a younger guy who can speak English. I think he is the son of the owner. He asked me again, then let me sit anywhere on empty table.
As I sit here, i saw many people coming to this place. They have to share table with stranger as well if you see on the layout. The specialty of this place is Hu Tieu Nam Vang, but i ordered Mi Nam Vang, dry style. They have wet and dry style, can say what you want when you order.
It came with a plate of vegetable. First, i tried the soup. Very rich broth, but a little sweet. I’m used to salty broth. The soup has a chunk of pig blood. Next, i tried the noodle. It tastes good, but (again) a little sweet. There are many topping on top of it, such as shrimp, crispy pork lard, pork liver, small shrimp, minced pork, spring onion and some other small things i don’t know the name. For the topping, if you don’t like pig organs, you can also ask them to remove it when you order. But if you eat everything then just try it, they are pretty good.
They have many kind of sauce to add on dishes, but i think not all suitable for my dish. There are garlics, minced garlics, chili sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, homemade chili sauce, vinegar, and sugar. I was really surprised when i saw sugar. I need to ask my Vietnamese friend about this lol.
After i’m finished eating, I read that their pork spring rolls for lunch menu is really good. Hmm.. maybe next time will try that, and hu tieu! The price for Mi Nam Vang is 85k vnd. No additional tax or service charge, all included.