Monday, April 16

Vietnam Cafe

Kansas City, Missouri » Columbus Park
Eating at Vietnam Cafe is tricky. You have to time it so you're not arriving with everyone else, which means standing around for a table. Or too late, it just isn't the same during late dinner as it is during lunch time. Same place, different energy/vibe. You want to squeeze into that dirty booth right before it's cleared and then stare at all the new customers who walk in after you. Just watch, everyone does it. Don't forget to order Chanh Muoi, the yummy pickled lemonade drink that I sometimes wish came with vodka!

Goi Cuon (Fresh Spring Rolls), $2.50 for two
These are not the best I've ever had by a long shot, but I still enjoy them. The kind I like have more herbs inside, a bit of cilantro, a sliver of chive and some bean sprouts make all the difference.

Mi Hoanh Thanh (Wonton Noodle Soup), $6.95
Pork wontons, egg noodle, green onion, fried garlic.

Hu Tieu Chay (Vegetarian Clear Noodle Soup), $6.95
Tofu, broccoli, carrots, onion, cabbage, clear bean thread noodles.

If you don't get this plate to add to your soup, you're missing out. Everyone adds different things, but I add everything: Thai basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapeno, and loads of lime. Top off with a healthy squeeze of Hoisin and Sriracha. Purists, of course, want to enjoy their broth untouched, but not me!


sweetbittertart said...

This looks so good! I've been missing KC and my trips with my daughter to Hien Vuong in the City Market. I'm going to have to try this lovely place on my next visit home! Glad to see you are back. : )

Sandy a la Mode said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE vietnam cafe!! we go there all the time! just found you through the KC blogger meetup! hope to be able to meet up with you ladies sometime! :D

Ngan {eNVe Designs} said...

Looking at all those photos made me really hungry! We go to vietnam cafe pretty often. It's out of our way, but worth it! I found you through the KC blogger site, looking forward to more posts so I can get to know KC even better! :)