This stall is tucked down an alleyway on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street opposite the French Consulate, next to a state-run publishing house and just along from a recently opened branch of Pho 24. The sign boasts several dishes including two top faves, mien luon and bun mam. I’m here for the eel packed translucent noodle soup called mien luon. The eel end of the kitchen isn’t much to shout about – check it out. Just a pot filled with pork bone stock. I like. We’ve covered mien luon before at the mega-street-but-not-street-really-scoffhouse, Quan An Ngon, so no need to prattle.
This mien luon arrives with minimal hedgerow. The hefty, lemony, coriander-esque rau ram about covers it – rau ram is also the latest addition to The Handy Hedgerow Guide – and it comes accompanied by a few sliced onions and a small bowl of Vietnam’s most abysmal contribution to the world of chilli sauce – That’s right, I’m not its biggest fan. Condiments are stage right including fresh minced chilli, nuoc mam (fish sauce) etc. A squeeze of lemon is all I need and in we go.
As can be seen from the diagram above this mien luon satisfied. It is very, very good stuff. A mix of fried and fresh eel, maybe a tad too noodle-packed – I reckon there was about 800 metres of glass noodles in this bowl – but the simple mix of pork stock, chopped spring onion, deep fried shallots, very, very fresh eel and noodles is a total gobout. Costs 17,000VD with a glass of tra da. I’ll definitely be back for more of this. I also intend to try their bun mam. More snaps and the menu.