Was strolling through Oakland Chinatown at lunchtime this afternoon and noticed a new Vietnamese restaurant at the northwest corner of 10th Street and Harrison with a sign saying that it would open tomorrow, March 22. That corner, a few doors east of Shan Dong, has been the site of several nondescript Chinese restaurants over the years.
For a few seconds, I talked to a young woman, maybe 13-years old, who responded affirmatively when I asked her if the cuisine was Hue-style or Central Vietnamese. I did ask if they might have banh khot, a mini-crepe with shrimp, but she didn't seem familiar with it or maybe my pronunciation mangled the term. It looked like a family-run operation and it's their first restaurant
I did pick up a take-out menu and some highlights are:
- Bun Bo Hue (Hue style rice stick soup spicy) small 4.95; large 5.95
-Pho Ga Kim Huong (boneless chicken rice noodle soup) small 4.95; large 5.95
-Banh Cuon Cha Lua (stuffed noodle roll with sliced pork) 4.95
-Banh Xeo (crepe) 5.95
-Yum Nam (mixed preserved pork w/herbs & chili pepper) 5.95
-Cha Muc Chien ( fried squid cake) 4.95
In addition, there is a large selection of beef and chicken pho, bun and porridge.
The space looks like it is an upgrade from the previous operations and is now somewhat stylish but certainly not upscale. Looks like it could be an interesting addition to that area.
304 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607