Haven't been to Nha Trang for couple of years and prior to that I was away from HK for long time. Used to be a staple of mine in 2004-2006.
Went last night (Wanchai) and really struggled with most of the food. It looked the same as always but I don't recall it being so sweet.
Dipping sauce (Nuoc Cham)
- zero heat in the chilli, no saltiness, overpowering sweetness
Green mango and grilled squid salad
- no sourness at all, SUPER sweet, only few little pieces of squid, couldn't eat even half of it
Lime & mint leaf with club soda
- gaggingly sweet
- was greeted at door with no eye contact and gruff two-word response
- part way thru dinner I tried to order another drink (sans sugar syrup) but by time I could get someone I just wanted the bill. no excuse as place was half empty.
It's a shame as this place (well, the original Central branch) used to be so good. I know these dishes often have a little sugar but that's just enough to balance the salty/sour/heat, right? With these I couldn't get beyond the big sugar hit on the front palate to enjoy anything else.
Be interested if anyone else agrees or disagrees. Perhaps overly sweet Vietnamese food is a new trend I'm not aware of.