genuine cuisine in a shanty setting. charming.
Posted on 10 / 03 / 2008
It was quite far from my hotel which was located between the old and french quarter. i took a cab and was driven around in circles. after searching for what seemed like an hour, i was dropped off at the opening of a small alley around 8:20pm.The alley way was so dark and unlit that i had to feel my way to door number 10. the aluminum sliding door was shut to this address but i saw light shining through the slots on the door. a lady came to the door and with out any communication but hello from me, she smiled, laughed at me, and pulled me into her house. the restaurant was not a restaurant at all. it was a small homestyle kitchen in which this lady lived and has been cooking for locals and vegetarians from all over the world for the past 10 years. after getting thru a few communication barriers, she understood that i wanted vegan pho. she cooked it up in a few minutes and i chowed in amazement. tiny limes that were a few days old, but still good, accompanied my piping hot bowl of savory broth, mock beef, rice noodles and chopped scallions.i added a few squirts of lime juice and a couple heaps of chili paste and vinegar and the rest is history. about 20 minutes after my arrival, a young vietnamese couple showed up to enjoy the same fare. they were students at the local university and spoke a little english. after a difficult yet fruitful conversation, we found that we had a common interest in compassion for animals and the environment.
though i didn't see a menu and i couldn't figure out what else was available to order, the pho delivered. i would definitely recommend this place as long as you are open minded and patient. the noodle soup, a vietnamese dessert(which i didn't get to eat) wrapped in banana leaves to go ,garnishes, and 3 glasses of filtered water set me back 30,000 dong=about$2USD
authentic, excellent value, friendly/memorable
hidden location, language barrier