Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant

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.

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It’s located in a small plaza that houses a Domino’s and a few other businesses.

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Hours.

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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.

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Click here to see the menu (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Thursday evening (around 7:15pm) and it was maybe a third full.

Bun rieu (#26) ($8.95 small)
DSC04475Shredded 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.

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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)
DSC04480Fresh 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.

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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.

Trip #2

Herbs
DSC07169A mix of basil and special herbs.

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Other was the usual bean sprouts, hot peppers and lemon.

Bun bo hue dac biet (#33) ($10.95)
DSC07178Beef, pork, pork feet, pork blood, pork balls and Vietnamese ham with thick vermicelli noodles. The broth was okay but the salt was quite overpowering to me.

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All the meat was tender and delicious.

Bun rieu (#32) ($10.95)
DSC07174Interesting that they throw in pork blood to their bun rieu.

Pho dac biet (#19) ($9.95)
DSC07173House special mixed beef with rice noodles.

Create your own soup (#26)
DSC07172Ol went with regular broth and added beef balls, beef brisket and tripe. Nice that they have this option!

Bun bi cha gio ga nuong (#44) ($10.95)
DSC07180Grilled lemongrass chicken, spring rolls and shredded pork on vermicelli. A had to ask for three fish sauces to satisfy his craving.

Would I come back? It’s decent but I wasn’t blown away by either trip.

Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant
https://www.facebook.com/haiphongvietnameserestaurant/
1242 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 872-3828

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