Monday, May 7, 2007

Get Your Pho in SoHo

In Hong Kong, my cousin took me to a small Vietnamese restaurant in SoHo, or an area called South of Hollywood Road.

The eatery is called Nha Trang and if you don't get there early, be prepared to wait.

We got there at 12:30 on Saturday and we just managed to snag a seat on a communal table by the door.

And we ordered lots of food. The pho is very good. It comes in giant ceramic bowls filled with rice noodles, thinly sliced half cooked beef and garnished with basil and a lime wedge. The broth is the best -- no MSG and has a nice beef flavour.

We also ordered salad rolls that were very refreshing. They didn't give us a peanut sauce, but fish sauce. Unfortunately the grilled shrimp and pomelo salad [pictured] wasn't sweet, a bit on the tasteless side. We added fish sauce to them for more flavour. But the shrimp mousse cooked on sugar cane sticks were very good. You had to pull them off the stick and then wrap them in a lettuce leaf, but just as good straight.

Nha Trang
88-90 Wellington Street
Central, HK
(852) 2581-9992

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