The family and I were in the mood for some good, hot soup last night, so decided to head out to Da Lat for some pho and such. Da Lat was jammed when we arrived, and the wait looked to be substantial (with no good spot to wait and frigid air wafting through the door). So rather than wait, we decided to try Anh Thu, within easy walking distance.
We'd been to Anh Thu once before about a year ago and hadn't been back. The first meal hadn't been bad, just not quite as good as Da Lat. This Saturday was a revelation!
First, we started with shrimp paste in crispy tofu wrapper. Absolutely delicious and huge portion! We also ordered vietnamese egg rolls. They were great, and the order comes with four rolls, which was unexpected.
Husband got pork Bun (vermicelli) and really enjoyed it. 7-year old daughter had the won ton soup (appetizer size), which unexpectedly came with a generous portion of fish cake with dried shrimp on top. She loved it, and ate every one of the fish cakes. I had the best beef ball Pho I've ever had. Not sure what the fragrant spice was that made it so special - sort of smelled like sumac. The bowl was huge, and I'm looking forward to the leftovers.
Husband had a really fresh and delicous limeade, daugther had a wonderful coconut shake with freshly grated coconut, and I had my first durian shake. Oddly flavored and sort of addictive.
All of this food (three apps, two main dishes, three drinks) came to $38. Service was a little slow and not exactly professional (I think it's all family run) but friendly and fine. And on a cold night, Anh Thu gets the edge over Da Lat if only for the air-lock double door that keeps the dining room nice and warm.
We will be back.