T.House delivers the best-tasting Vietnamese food I'd ever tasted in Bangkok - its deliciousness probably due to some customisation to suit Thai (and my) tastes.
- "Cha Gio": Fresh spring rolls stuffed with shrimps, chicken, pork and rice vermicelli. Confession: I never actually liked this dish - tried it in Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore, in Paris-Chinatown, in Vietnamese enclaves in Australian cities, even in Ho Ci Minh City and Hanoi. So, it was with some trepidation that I tried the one my friend ordered here. But T.House's rendition was absolutely delicious. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think there is more than a bit of Thai culinary expertise that went into assembling this otherwise bland-tasting raw rice roll into a bundle with a delightful taste explosion: nice combination of crisp vegetables and aromatic herbs.
- "Banh Cuon": Steamed Vietnamese flat-wide noodles filled with minced pork-shrimps-mushrooms, sprinkled on top with crisp, golden-fried onions. Again, the rendition here tasted more "Thai" (think, "khanom jeeb") than the type you get in Vietnam which seems to lean more towards Southern Chinese cooking.
- "Banh Xeo": Crisp rice crepe with minced chicken, prawns, mushrooms and beansprouts. Another famous Vietnamese dish which I didn't quite like. T-House's version was no different - bland-ish filling, but the nice, crisp crepe was very good. I polished off all of my crepe.
- "Chao Tom": sugarcane-skewered minced shrimps, served with moist fresh rice vermicelli. Now, *this* is a must-order - the version here is the BEST I'd ever tasted.
- "Oc Hap Nhồi Thịt": Vietnamese-style stuffed snails in shell. This one's a disappointment, seemed over-cooked and greasy, compared to the moist, incredibly tasty versions I had in a couple of places in Ho Chi Minh City before. Can avoid here.
- "Pho Bo": Rice noodles in beef soup. Tasty version, but not outstanding. I've not been able to find really good "pho bo" outside Vietnam, where they boil entire ox-spine in giant vats in a fire strong enough to set a home kitchen on fire, in order to get the strong flavours essential for the soup dish.
T.House Vietnamese (Rachakru Branch)
33 Soi Phahonyothin Road (ซอย ราชครู)
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: +66 2 270 1308/9