Tagged: Vietnamese Restaurants

Jan 05

Comfort Rice Plate at Cordon Bleu

Cordon Bleu is definitely a hole in the wall, and just like any hole in the wall,  it is always busy! For the last month, I would try to go there when I didn’t bring lunch to work, especially on the days I am craving some good ol’ Vietnamese comfort food. Because it takes a while for the food to be ready when you order there, I learned that ordering over the phone and taking my time to get there was the way to go. So, I called recently and the phone was busy, I tried for about 20 minutes and finally gave up. The next time I tried, there was no answer, because I wanted their Imperial Roll so desperately, I decided to walk over there and of course, they were closed. Yes, what hungry disappointment! So today, I decided to try them again, and YES, they picked up! 20 minutes later I found myself at the once again busy joint at around 1:15pm on a weekday. I got the #1, featuring the perfectly crunchy yet chewy Imperial Roll…YUMMM, Shish Kebab and Meat Sauce on Rice! The shish kebab was a little tougher than I remembered, but the MEAT SAUCE was good, I’m sure it’s not the healthiest thing, but it is so damn good poured over the rice!

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Mar 26

Some Warm Grubbin’ Food at Turtle Tower

Today I decided to take my mom to the Asian Art Museum to get ourselves cultured. But before our visit, I took her to Turtle Tower which is located just 3 blocks from the museum.  We got there right around lunch time, and the place was already packed!  We ordered the Spring Rolls with Shrimp,  I ordered the popular Chicken Noodle Soup and my mom ordered the Chicken Noodle Soup with Chicken Giblets.  The rolls were really fresh, but the best part of the meal, the Chicken Noodle Soup of course! Wow, the soup here is just so good, I usually add chili paste whenever I have Vietnamese soup noodles, but I don’t do that here. As I saw my mom getting chili paste, I quickly told her to taste the soup before ruining it!  She tasted the soup and just smiled.  This meal was perfect for this cold chilly day, and we were happy to know that we were walking it off at the museum!

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Nov 22

Pho at Little Window

Over the weekend, I had a last minute lunch with some old friends. It was my first time eating at Little Window (at least that’s what my friends called it) so I didn’t know what to expect. And interesting enough, I just found two yelp pages for them, both of them with very average ratings, one as Quan Ngon-Pho Ha Noi Vietnamese Noodle House and another as Pho Quan Ngon. Although the ratings are not so great on Yelp, this place was busy and had an ongoing line. I ordered a large pho, with the combination of well-done,  rare beef and beef balls noodles soup and my hubby ordered the satay beef noodles soup.  In my opinion, I thought the beef was tender and the soup base was pretty decent. I didn’t know why my noodles were the  flat thick noodles, but afterwards, I learned that Northern Style Pho is made with thick noodles, we learn something new everyday. I didn’t devour my hubby’s soup noodles, but I did have a taste of the satay soup and it was very flavorful!

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Jun 21

Vietnamese Homestyle Cuisine at Ben Tre

We were actually heading for another restaurant but it was closed so we decided to try out Ben Tre located in South San Francisco. I am so glad we accidentally walked into this place cause it was really good and really clean. When we eat Vietnamese food, we usually just get simple soup noodles or rice plates. But when we got the menu, we noticed some photos and decided to try some different items than what we always order.  For the appetizer, we decided to get the Roasted Quails…YUMM…this was perfectly crisp, we dipped it lightly into the salt and pepper and it was full of flavors, it tasted just as good even when we didn’t dip it.  I’m Chinese, we love crispy quails! For entrees, we ordered the Yellow Rice in Claypot served with chicken, shrimps, mushrooms and vegetables. It had an aroma, smelled really good, but I thought it was missing sauce.  But luckily, we ordered the Five Spice Chicken over rice and it came with fish sauce, so I used the fish sauce and poured it into the clay pot mix!  Oh, and the Five Spice Chicken was deeelicious and grilled to perfection!

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