I am still mostly eating out, and the food I cook are either easy, or far in between. With my mom commenting how I’ll get sicker everytime I get hot in the kitchen. I was QC (Quezon City) bound the day we ate here. I rarely am in QC, when once I would drive to this place everyday when I was in college. It’s about 38 to 42km away from my house, depending where I pass, which is a good hour to two hours drive, depending on the day. With the Christsmas season and all, I was happy enough that it took me around 1.5 hours to and from my house. 🙂
I have read of this place online a couple of times before we ate here. Not that I took note of this, but I remember having read good reviews. It started with a branch in Tagaytay, boasting of authentic Vietnamese food. It finally opened a second branch. It’s along White Plains, same street that becomes Katipunan. And only merest hint of seeing it from the street, with the onlly visible thing being the signage. But it is a short walk from the parking, unto a lower level. It is hidden from the street. Once a house, but converted to a resto.
The place would fit about 50 or so people. The acoustics were kinda bad, with most conversations being too loud for this place. With so few people, I found it incredibly noisy. But then, once you get into your own groove, the noise kinda disappears.
We ordered the kangkong salad and some pho. I also o rdered some tamarind iced tea, which I read about as well. The orders arrived quickly, which was good cuz this was about 1pm.
The salad had slices of beef, and I couldn’t figure out what vegetable it was first. I had to ask, and they told me. The dressing was simple, sugar, fish sauce, and some acid. The triumvirate of Thai cooking is apparently Vietnamese as well. The pho was clear, light, and yummy. It had rice noodes, with some mung bean sprouts, and a hint of basil. I miss having the option to add many more leaves to my plate, like we used to in Vietnam. But it was good.
After a filling but light meal, we opted to have dessert. This was corn in coconut cream. It was like eating a mushier maja mais, or a ginataan. It was cooked corn, pureed it seemed, then topped with coconut milk. Not imaginative enough.
The takeaway, I need to try the spring roll. The memorable dish for this meal was the salad! 🙂 I mean, how do you make kangkong and make it into something like noodles! 🙂 Yum!