A Taste of Vietnam
I was reading a review of A Taste of Vietnam on Eating in Vancouver and noticed the Deep Fried Chicken Wings that were compared to the ones at Phnom Penh. That was pretty much enough for me to want to try this place out.
We started out our meal with a Prawn Supreme ($3.25) which comes wrapped around a stick of sugarcane along with a peanut-based dipping sauce. I could eat these all day long.
A Taste of Vietnam has a few lunch combos including the one that we picked – L3 ($6.95). A pretty good value since it gives you an extremely tasty (albeit thin) spring roll, minced pork brochette formed into the shape of skewered meat balls, steamed rice rolls, ham, and veggies.
When you order one of their pho dishes, they bring out a dish of bean sprouts and lime wedge to add to your pho.
Their Special Chicken Noodle Soup ($6.95 for small or $7.95 for large) comes with tons of chicken meat. The broth itself wasn’t too flavourful but the addition of the lime juice helped.
The mistake that we made was in ordering the Deep Fried Chicken Wings with Fish Sauce ($8.45) when I think we should have ordered the Spicy Chicken Wings (also $8.45). Actually, I take that back - it wasn’t a mistake because these were some pretty good wings… they just weren’t similar to the ones at Phnom Penh.
Instead, these wings were basted in fish sauce and were quite sticky (the statement “finger lickin’ good” was never truer). Fortunately, they tasted awesome – slightly crispy on the outside from the frying process but full of flavour. Next time we come here, I think we’ll try to order all of the different wings to try them out (stuffed wings, deep fried, and spicy).
One of the nice touches is the complimentary fruit at the end of the meal. And it’s not like a Chinese restaurant where “fresh fruit” is code word for oranges… they actually had chunks of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
As a side note, I noticed on their menu that they had Luc Lac Beef. I’ve never seen this offered elsewhere other than at Phnom Penh. I didn’t wind up ordering it because the English description on the menu was pan fried cube beef steaks (which matched the picture in the menu) whereas the one I like at Phnom Penh has thinly sliced beef slices… maybe next time I’ll try it out anyways.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
1016 West Broadway