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Evergreen Gardens (was Hung Yen) mini-report

Celeste | Aug 18, 200307:56 PM     3

I had an errand to run a block away from what was formerly Hung Yen and is now Evergreen Gardens. I realized I've been avoiding trying the new place in fear it won't be as good as Hung Yen. (not that Hung Yen was end-all be-all by any stretch of the imagination, but was a winning combo of good enough and definitely cheap enough and a good stop for that mini-neighborhood besides the Tonayense taco truck)

The menu is definitely different. I opted for an old standby - the vermicelli noodles with bbq pork and imperial rolls (now called "egg rolls" on the new menu).

Based on this one dish and an order of spring rolls (summer rolls to some), the quality is about the same. The imperial/egg rolls tasted much the same and were good enough for me to wolf down with satisfaction. :-) The BBQ pork was appropriately savory and while not exactly juicy, about what I had expected from Hung Yen. The spring rolls could have been more tightly wrapped and the dipping sauce for these seems to have lost a little of its punch, but were certainly more than edible.

The ambiance has been every so slightly updated with white tablecloths and glass tops and a VERY eager service team (we got free dishes of ice cream at the end and lots of smiles) for about the same price - I think perhaps the noodle/pork/roll combo is maybe 50 to 75 cents more than it was with the old Hung Yen. What I do know it that it's still too much food for me to finish in one setting.

All in all, it seems to be a decent place, at least as decent as it used to be.

I still have to try the Lemon Beef Salad. I'm hoping it's as good as Hung Yen's was, as that was always a major draw.

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