Slowly trying to work my way through all the Vietnamese spots in the Little Saigon area. The solid ratings made me want to give Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant a try.
It’s located in a small plaza that houses a Domino’s and a few other businesses.
The inside is quite large and there’s a TV in the back (they had an NFL game up). Service is friendly but we weren’t too impressed; they never came back to refill our teas nor to check up on us.
The menu is huge with beverages, appetizers, pho, specialty noodle soups, vermicelli, steam vermicelli sheets, rice dishes, dinner, vegetarian and hot pot.
We dropped in on a Thursday evening (around 7:15pm) and it was maybe a third full.
Bun rieu (#26) ($8.95 small)
Shredded crab meat, pork feet, pork blood, Vietnamese ham and tofu puffs with vermicelli in shrimp paste soup. Served with bean sprouts, banana blossom and shredded morning glory.
Broth had good depth and flavour. Crab meat was plentiful along with a nice variety of meats. I’d get a large next time.
Canh chua (#72) ($15.95 small)
Fresh pineapple, bean sprouts, tomato, okra, fried garlic, herbs and taro stem in a tamarind broth. This is pricey but if you want something different, it’s worth a try. The broth was hot, sweet and sour; really a unique flavour.
Oddly, it doesn’t come with any rice or noodles (think you have to pay extra for it) which is lame. Should be included. We opted for the fish and FYI, it comes with bones.
Other was the usual bean sprouts, hot peppers and lemon.
All the meat was tender and delicious.
Would I come back? It’s decent but I wasn’t blown away by either trip.
Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant