Viet Mama Cafe

Another new(er) Northern Vietnamese spot to pop up. They’re located next to Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot along with several competing Vietnamese restaurants (Hoang Yen, Hoi An Cafe, La Maison Da Nang, Cafe Dang Anh and Hanoi Old Quarter).

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Sign outside.

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We’ve been twice now. Service is friendly and our teas were refilled frequently. Interesting that you can buy their broth for home ($10.00).

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The menu is limited to 20 items; appetizers and entrees (pho, vermicelli, bahn cuon and rice). You can also get your bean sprouts cooked (but you need to request it).

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Click here to see the full menu (1, 2 and 3).

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 6:45pm) for takeout. Service was prompt; our food was ready in 10 minutes even though we were quoted 15.

Bahn cuon nhan (#17) ($14.95)
DSC00622Meat rice rolls. The rice rolls were solid, topped with Vietnamese ham and fried shallots.

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The nuoc maam was well balanced and came with three small (but mighty) pork meatballs. They reminded me of spring roll filling but tastier.

Pho tai ga (#8) ($12.95)
DSC00626Chicken and rare beef noodle soup. Broth was piping hot. The tai was very tender unlike the chicken, which was a touch tough.

Bun rieu cua cha ca (#14) ($12.95)
DSC00625Vermicelli crab meat with fish cakes. This was my favourite of the the
bowls; light, clean and refreshing although light on the dill (compared to other versions in the city).

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Crab meat was packed. It also came with tomato wedges, meat balls (very tasty) and tofu puffs.

Trip #2
We dropped in on a Wednesday for a late lunch (around 1:45pm).

Tea
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Herbs
DSC03264Two different types of herbs for our bowls. Lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, lime wedge and chilis.

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One of the packs also had pickled onions with an unexpected light kick to it.

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We were even given a side of chili flakes.

Cha gio (#2) ($7.95 for 2)
DSC03272Deep fried rice paper, pork, shrimp, real crab and vegetables served with fish sauce. These were light and crispy. Filling was decent. A couple dollars overpriced.

Bun rieu cua tom (#13) ($12.95)
DSC03276Vermicelli with crab meat and shrimp. Enjoyed this one bowl over the fish cake. The crab meat is excellent and flavourful. Broth is on the light and cleaner side. The noodles are of the thin, vermicelli style; decent but it doesn’t fill me up (compared the usual pho noodles).

Bun rieu cua cha ca (#14) ($12.95)
DSC03281Vermicelli crab meat with fish cakes. Again, the broth is light and clean. Does it beat Hoang Yen across the street? Personally, I don’t think so but it’s still a solid bowl.

Pho ga (#9) ($12.95)
DSC03277Chicken pho. J got this for himself and enjoyed it.

Bahn cuon nhan (#17) ($14.95)
DSC03271Rice flour, shrimp, pork, fried ham, pork meatball, fried shallot and vegetables served with fish sauce.

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Still as good as the first we had it.

While VMC might not have that wow factor, the food is solid.

Viet Mama Cafe
https://www.instagram.com/vietmamacafe/
5118 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC
(778) 988-9257