Ong is the latest fried chicken joint to open up in town. This one specializes in Hanoi style fried chicken, which I honestly didn’t even know was a thing. It’s owned by the same crew that runs Jack’s Burger Shack and Cerdo Tacos. I think they took a page out of Costa’s playbook having all three restaurants nestled together in the same building.
No signage up yet so I guess this is how they’re attracting people’s attention.
The hours are pretty standard: Monday to Saturday.
We came on a Wednesday for lunch and I was surprised to see it wasn’t busy at all. A couple families and that was it.
The murals on the wall are very thoughtful; I liked the Vietnamese farmer working the field with his ox but the village behind the counter is also pretty.
The menu is small with them focusing on half a dozen items.
A page describing what each dishes ingredients were.
The iced artichoke tea sounds like an interesting combination. Next time.
They also had some sauces and pickled containers ($9.00) for sale along with t-shirts ($20.00). I have no idea who’d pay that much for one of those shirts but if you do, tell them to fund my eating instead.
Banh mi ($7.00)
Pork sandwich with cucumbers, carrots, pate, jalapeno, crispy shallots, butter and soy. The banh mi was decent and even had a nice kick to it; sadly, it’s a small and average. Go to Chinatown and get one for $4.00 instead.
Pho sot vang ($9.00)
Beef stew with rice noodles. This was the best dish we ordered. Hearty, homemade, comforting broth that I imagine your Vietnamese mom/grandma would cook for you. The beef was tender, juicy and you get a plethora of noodles. Perfect to share; just ask for an extra bowl.
2 piece chicken ($13.00)
The two piece chicken consists of a thigh with leg attached and breast piece that are dusted in rice flour and glazed in a sweet garlic fish sauce. It also comes with rice and pickled cucumbers. The thigh was moist and flavourful but the breast was quite dry. We liked the sweet, sticky sauce but I thought they could use more of a bread coating.
The side of rice is tinnyyyyyyyy. For the price tag, you’d think they wouldn’t be so stingy. It’s plain rice…yeesh.
Overall, decent but everything is a few dollars overpriced. At least St. Albert is slowly getting more ethnic restaurants so chalk that up in the plus column.
Ong Hanoi Style Fried Chicken
15 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB