12 of us (David, Melanie, Gary, Derek, Susan, Bryan, Leslie, Arrigo, Felice, Lani, Eugene, Ruth) met at Hung Ky on Saturday, 18 February at 11:30 and enjoyed ourselves until 2:00! I was pleased to be around a bunch of food-obsessives like myself. It was very liberating. I overheard one of the customers on his way out saying it looked like we knew how to eat! Indeed.
The owner was very gracious, and let me reserve the center tables and also let us discretely drink wine in the restarant (no alcohol is served). Many tasty things were ingested, see below, with my brief comments.
3 orders of the now-famous Bahn Coun
NOTE: the Nuoc Mam Pla (prepared fish sauce) here I find a little weak, but usable with doctoring
2 orders each of :
- average to good; large portion of smallish rolls. I prefer the ones at Them Ky
Bun Cha (grilled pork with noodles and lettuce)
- nicely grilled meats. More lettuce would have been nice
- looked as it should, but I was more interested in other things and didn't try it.
Pho Ga Dac Biet Long Trung Non (Chicken noodle soup with unborn egg)
- very happy with this on my second experience
1 order each of:
Ga Hap La Chanh (steamed chicken with lemon leaf)
- a snack nicely prepared, but not as good as the other dishes
Bun Rieu Oc (Crab soup with Escargot)
- My second experience was still tasty, but the crab roe seemed very dark to me. I like this dish better at Ngoc Mai on Hyde, but they don't offer theirs with escargot
Chao Hai San (Seafood porridge)
- my favorite for the day with beautifully-cooked shrimp.
Mi Ca Ri Ga (chicken curry soup egg noodle)\
- not a very flavorable yellow curry I'm afraid
Mi Thap Cam (Egg noodle with sautéed shrimps and pork)
- tasty and interesting, but there are better dishes here.
Plus we had 5 of their grass jelly, bean and cocomut drinks.
- I don't normally ingest these, and generally was unimpressed
Total with a generous tip was $156 - $13.00 each.
I'm adding this place to regular neighborhood lunch spots, particularly when I'm craving porridge, and of course the Bahn Cuon.
Gary took photos. Hopefully he will post a link to them (and his other excellent photographs).