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Luong Loi/Vietnamese (Wheaton)

tony | Sep 21, 2002 06:22 PM

Nobody has to defend Chicago. It stands on it's own and it's got whatever you want. Sometimes within a three to six block stretch on one street if you're lucky. Most anyone who reads this board knows this and loves Chicago with warts and all.
The suburbs, however, take a brutal verbal beating from city folk. Some of it rightly deserved. Strip mall hell, uninspired subdivisions of beige housing, lack of ethnic diversity, chain eateries promoting mediocrity, etc...
So when something defies the norm of Ridge Village Brook Meadow Town it's a pleasant surprise to be shared. There is good food to be found out here, you just have to look a little harder. Enough waxing poetically, the food...

The menu is probably about 60% Vietnamese and 40% Standard Chinese. All appetizers, with the exception of Fried Wonton, and fish entrees are Vietnamese style.
We started with Spring Rolls, filled with moist pork and shrimp along with lettuce, cucumber, carrot and cilantro. The peanuts sauce on the side was rich and topped with crushed nuts.

My Pho aka Special Beef Rice Noodle Soup was comforting and satifying even on a warm day. The broth was rich and deep flavored with a nice hint of cinnamon. The beef sliced thin and the noodles remained firm. The soup was filled with red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, scallion. The side plate was overflowing with Thai? Basil, sprouts, more jalapeno and lime. Chili paste, fish sauce and soy were also available on the table.

My wife ordered Catfish in Claypot. Takes 30 minutes, but well worth it. The large chunks of fish, cut into steaks were incredibly moist and the sauce was reddish brown, chili fleked and complex in flavor.

Some other interesting things on the menu were Fried Pomfret in Ginger Sauce, Kingfish in Garlic Sauce, Simmered Duck Egg Noddle Soup, Rice Paper Wrapped w/ Grilled Beef and Char-Broiled Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane. Beverages include Lychee, Mango and Guava drinks along with French Press Coffee.

I guess these places are a dime a dozen in the city, and I am a beginner to this cuisine, but all of the food we had was really well prepared and the ingredients were fresh. Prices Cheap. Owners Freindly. Enjoy!

Luong Loi
110 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-653-8250

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