Saturday, November 05, 2005

Lau At Van Mieu

If you have a chance, drive along Phung Hung street and you'll see lots of Lau (hot pot) restaurants. But No 1 Van Mieu- Kuong Nga is my recommendation and you would agree with me about the quality. They opened their business 24 years ago: the mother ran the restaurant for a long time but now it's the five daughters' turn. They are doing well with fried rice and noodles and Lau for lunch and dinner and noodle soup for breakfast.

Lots of people choose to celebrate their birthdays or other special occasions by ordering hot pots because they can have a long chat and a drink of rice wine, beer or soft drink. This is such a good choice for a winter feed and not very expensive, only costing from 100,000Vnd up to 150,000Vnd for four or five people.

Hot pot stock is usually made from boiling water with beef or chicken bones, onions, pineapple, tomatoes, Chinese black mushrooms, taro, lemon grass and added sugar, salt and sometimes they add MSG, which some people think makes the taste weird and unhealthy.

A seafood hot pot includes squid, shrimp, fish, tofu, vegetables, vermicelli or instant noodles. A mixed hot pot is similar but also has beef, pork, eel, frog, pig bladder and sometimes duck eggs for a sweeter soup. Goat hot pot is also a good choice, people saying that " goat's meat helps you to be stronger physically". I have eaten it a lot but I am not sure about that. Goat hot pot includes goat meat and lots of veggies.

Let me know what you think after you try Kuong Nga where the food is good and the five sisters are very friendly.


Van Cong Tu said...

Bien Tien restaurant .

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