Vietnamese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    How Malai Kitchen's Chef-Owners Keep Looking for, and Finding, Inspiration

    For most chefs, the flavors that dominate their cuisine come from a very personal place, like a decades of mom's home cooking or a few years of intensive training at a French culinary school. For others, though, that passion for a cuisine develops in relatively unexpected places. Braden and Yasmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Tasting the Banh Shop's Bahn Mi No Matter How Offensive the Logo

    If you've read anything about the Bahn Shop, Yum! Brands' test site for the development of a fast-casual, Vietnamese-inspired restaurant, you've probably read about the controversy surrounding their logo. The big red star perched above the garage doors at the front of the restaurant reminded Vietnam ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Miss Chi's Pho and the Battle for Noodle Supremacy

    Ramen is hot, but don't sleep on pho. At least not without a straw handy.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Texas Pete Wants to Capitalize on the #Srirachapocalypse and Gain Market Share

    If you're a fan of Sriracha, you've undoubtedly heard of the trouble surrounding the California plant that produces the sauce. For those of you who have had your head in a bowl of pho the past few weeks, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered a plant that makes the hot sauce be partially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Bowls of Pho

    A good bowl of Pho may be the most satisfying value play of all ethnic foods. You'll never pay more than $10 or so for one, and most places charge you closer to $5. But despite the low cost, good pho is satiating in every way that food can be. A big, hot bowl of savory broth will warm your insides a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba Chef Jeana Johnson Did R&D in Vietnam, with Help from a Dude Named Dragon

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare are the proprietors of the little hot spot in East Dallas, Mot Hai Ba, as wells as Good 2 Go Taco. Their culinary trail winds far and wide through the Dallas landscape. Collectively, the pins on their map include Ciudad, Daddy Jack's, The Standard in Deep Ellum, The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    An Open Letter to Mot Hai Ba: The Upcoming East Dallas Vietnamese Restaurant

    Dear Mot Hai Ba: You better bring it. There is a massive hole in Dallas' dining scene that you could exploit, and I know if you do this city will be all the better for it. The announcement of your coming existence in a Culture Map blog post was a welcome one, and your creators, Jeana Johnson and Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    A Reader's Christmas Wish for the Dallas Dining Scene

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, email or in the comments. An email I received last week has me in a Christmas funk. A r ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    Dalat's Pho Goes Late Night

    A new Vietnamese restaurant enters the after-hours game.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: DaLat Owner Khanh Nguyen on the Power and Problems of Pho

    Khanh Nguyen had a successful career as a local attorney when he decided to take a little time off, a sabbatical of sorts, between projects. During that time, he immersed himself in traditional Vietnamese cooking, spending months trying to perfect various recipes, mainly concentrating on pho, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    At Pho Is For Lovers, Wishing Meatless Monday Was Pork Banh Mi Tuesday

    When it comes to pho, that glorious Vietnamese noodle soup perfect for curing hangovers and head colds, I'm almost religiously devoted to the huge steaming bowls served up at Vietnam Restaurant on Bryan Street. However, when I heard that the semi-recently opened Pho is for Lovers on Upper Greenville ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    At Vietnam in East Dallas, a Brief Lesson in How to Make Pho That Doesn't Suck

    Vietnam in East Dallas is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall spot that serves up amazing, traditional pho. And when Chef Matt McCallister mentioned this 16-year-old eatery as one of his favorites in a recent interview, it was time to revisit. The particular pho in the photo above is No. 79 from V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Crimson Asian Cuisine Now Serving Pho in West Village

    Lauren Drewes Daniels​Crimson Asian Cuisine opened last week at corner of Blackburn and McKinney in the West Village, serving pho and other Vietnamese dishes such as stir-fries, rice noodles and spring roles. The atmosphere is on the casual side. Not fancy, but nice. There's a decent size pati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Pho Colonial Brings Pho to Main Street on Wednesday

    ​Last minute invitations often result in accidental food discoveries. Last night a friend asked me to join her for dinner, which turned out to be the "soft opening" of a new restaurant in her downtown neighborhood. As City of Ate reported back in January, the creator of Steel is bringing a Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Pho is for Lovers? We Thought it Was Good for a Cold.

    Photo by Kristy YangPho is for Lovers bahn mi: Tasty pig, great bread.​Pho is for Lovers. I'm still on the fence about that name. Given the restaurant's location at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, it's clever and cute. On the other hand, I normally associate pho with Vietnamese mothers, nas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Pho Bang For Your Buck: The Search for Perfect Pho Heads Back to Garland

    ​Pho Bang and I have a sliding doors sort of relationship. My mom tells me I ate there with her as a permed tot, but of course I don't remember that. (The perm part is more of an intentional denial.) When I moved back to Dallas a few years ago, I would make concerted efforts to drive to Ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Nammi's Vietnamese Food Truck: A Bit Pricey, but Convenience is Key

    Kristy Yang​The Nammi food truck officially got rolling (poor pun intended) last week to much Internet fanfare. Social media was abuzz for the traveling Vietnamese food truck specializing in banh mi and Asian-influenced tacos. I was able to check out the colorful vehicle last Thursday and walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    D'Vegan: Making Meatless Choices Easier

    ​For weeks, my newly born-again vegan friend had been badgering me to try a new restaurant called D'Vegan. Catering to the Vietnamese Buddhist vegetarian community, the restaurant is only six weeks old. The self-proclaimed "green" eatery sits in the food court space between Hong Kong Supermark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Pho Tay Do: Venturing Out of Chinatown for Fiery Vietnamese Soup

    Kristy YangPho Tay Do's bun bo hue​The second most popular Vietnamese noodle soup, behind only pho, is arguably the fiery and fragrant bun bo hue. The vermicelli dish originated in the central Vietnamese city of Hue and gets its signature taste and aroma via chilies and lemongrass. Word is, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Fill Your Super Bowl in Arlington. You're Going to Be Stuck in Traffic Anyway.

    ​As much as we hate to admit it, technically, the Super Bowl is being held in Arlington. So in honor of the big game in the little city west of us, here's a list of some Asian eateries to visit in Arlington. For banh mi: This is a toss up. Most locals are loyal to Ba Le on Browning. Indeed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Lemongrass: Pho and Fusion Fit for a Mom

    Pho even a mother could love​When I visited Lemongrass last summer, I promised owner/sometimes chef/always waiter/emergency dish washer Khoa Nguyen that I would return in the winter for a bowl of the restaurant's pho. With the cold weather setting in last week, I figured it was the perfect tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Steel Creator Bringing Vietnamese Street Food to Downtown

    ​It was dark and cold yesterday morning when I biked past the empty storefront alongside Press Box Grill, so I elected not to check out the brand new permits posted in the window. But D Magazine's Tim Rogers is obviously a better -- or at least warmer -- cycling newshound than I am, since he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Of Dining, the American Dream and Places in the Heart

    ​Apologies for missing last week's Walk the Wok. Hope everyone has been eating well and has discovered something tasty since the last time we rendezvoused. During my MIA time, I've been revisiting past blog-subject restaurants with the intention of doing updates. I stopped in at Naga Thai to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    V Bistro: Next Time, This Party of One
    Will Party Down the Block

    ​As this weather continues playing its schizophrenic mind games, the affect on me is a range of melodramatic "food swings." It's cold. I want something fat. It's hot. Maybe just some fruit. It's cold again. Maybe it's OK if I have a burger as long as I'm wearing a baggy sweater. Nope. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Ba Le: Good Sandwiches, But Not Great

    ​A couple of weeks ago, when a visit to Ba Le in Garland proved disappointing, I teased that I would be trying out the much more highly recommended outpost in Arlington. The two restaurants couldn't be more opposite. While the Garland location is a small deli take-home type of establishmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Pho 95: Does U.S. Pho Beat Vietnam's?
    Not Always.

    ​One of my best friends recently emigrated from Vietnam to the United States. He was born in Ho Chi Minh City, spent all 30 years of his life there and is a proud Vietnamese, but when I last spoke to him, he said something that surprised me. What he said wasn't so surprising as much as from wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Ba Le in Garland Lays It on Thick

    It always surpsrises me when I return home from Vietnam a few pounds lighter. Keep in mind that the nation still is a third world country, and the general mindset of the Vietnamese isn't as diet-fanatical as it is here. Although I've traveled back to Vietnam quite frequently over the past decade, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Eating Asian in the Big Apple: The Highs, the Lows, the Many

    Bone Marrow at Prune​Having been on a business trip in New York for the last two weeks, I thought, surely I'd be off blogging duties. However, the man had different ideas for me, with a seemingly innocuous send-off of, "Have a safe trip. Send in anything interesting you might find." Crap. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Pho Que Huong: Not Quite as Comforting
    As Food from Home

    Noodles, the anti-blues food​I haven't written a Pho From Home in some time, as I've been reserving it for when the cold temperatures return. Last week, however, I found myself in the odd position of craving pho in the middle of the Texas summer. After botching a job interview in Las Colinas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Stranded at the Altar: Zander's House Teases With a Menu We Can't Taste

    ​Plano has its share of Asian restaurants, but seeing as how I live in between the two closer options of Richardson and Arlington, I never feel the need to travel past Belt Line Road. Luckily, a shopping expedition to Allen made sure I'd have to drive through our northern neighbor, and I wante ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    100 Favorite DIshes: Vietnamese Pork Panini at Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen

    ​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Love Hurts: I Luv Pho Puts Our Fondness for "Vietnamese" Food to the Test

    The food at I Luv Pho is enough to break your heart.​ There are the blogs I can't wait to write, and there are the blogs I put off until 4:30 on a Monday afternoon, tippy-toeing dangerously close to my deadline. This week's would be the latter. After being repeatedly hounded by a friend to vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Your Search for a Fabulous Hu Tieu Ends With This Post

    ​Last Monday afternoon, my friend and I found ourselves taking an unplanned tour of the Dallas area, from Uptown to White Rock Lake all the way to Garland, after three restaurants we wanted to try were closed or out of business. Frustrated and starving at this point, I declared that we eat at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Le Me Thinks It Can Do It All But Can't

    ​With Texas continuing its onslaught of dysfunctional weather (today excluded), I interpreted last weekend's abrupt cold weather as a sign for me to finally go and review Pho Bang, the popular pho restaurant in Garland. Along for the food ride was my friend Kelly, a Vietnamese cuisine neophyte. On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Pho From Home: Ngoc Suong

    Photos by Kristy YangBun Cha​After a positive dining experience at the Super H Mart last week, I asked my mother if she was up for joining me on one more food expedition before she leaves town. She said yes, but any early excitement she held for Grimaldi's pizza or Rise No. 1 baguettes soon dissip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Pho From Home: From Saigon Kitchen to the Super H Mart and Back

    Photos by Kristy YangSoup at Saigon Kitchen​Is it safe to come out? Someone's writing sure did bring about a lot of ire last week, but I've always felt food, like puppies and babies, is a unifier not a divider. So let's get started again. Like many food finding expeditions I've had in the past w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Pho From Home: Bistro B

    ​This week I had the rare pleasure of spending time with my mom. She is in town, well, technically in the country, for the next few weeks and I have been waiting anxiously for her arrival. One of my favorite pastimes is embarking on adventures of the food variety with my mom. Whether it's gett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Pho From Home: Dishes To Fit Your Resolutions

    Mi Hoanh Thanh (wonton noodle soup).​City of Ate reader, Margie, comments, "Oh, and I'd like to add that this rash of dieting talk all over the web and TV is making me sick. My resolution is to eat more and drink more and have more fun doing it. Saying 'hell' more than 'damn' is another one I thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Pho From Home: Vietnam Restaurant

    ​The holidays wreaked havoc on my dining schedule these last few weeks, so today's post is going to be a tad shorter. Gathering backup participants for fulfilling my cravings in faraway lands like Garland or Carrollton proved rather difficult. Reactions from my family and friends ranged from an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Pho From Home: Cafe Hop

    ​My only immediate family member in town this Christmas is my brother, Ben. It's been a difficult time for my family, and I figure my brother and I need a home cooked meal. Seeing as how my parents are both overseas caring for my ailing grandmother, this is kind of a conundrum. While I am adep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Pho From Home: Le's Fire Pot

    Le's in glorious Arlington.​It's freezing. I am always cold, by nature, but it is bonafide frosty. I need something warm in my belly, and I can't believe it, but I am craving pho. My brother, with whom I work, senses my impending breakdown and says the six words he or anyone who's in my inner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Pho From Home: Pho Chau And Lumi

    ​Call this the tale of The Two Phos. A few days ago, I arrived back in Dallas from my month long sojourn in Asia. As my poor neglected boyfriend picked me up from DFW's international terminal, his first sentiment was how much he missed me. His second was that he was starving. Before he even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Pho From Home: Hanoi Style

    Pho Hung, Ho Chi Minh City.​In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area. This time, we wrap up our excursion through Vietnam. Next week, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Pho From Home: Finding Perfection

    ​In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area.I am staring at a forty-paged PDF file on my laptop. My mother, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Pho From Home: Vietnam

    In Pho From Home we seek out the variety of pho--authentic, Texified, good and bad--available in restaurants, starting in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and winding all the way around the Dallas area.​As a little Vietnamese kid in a primarily white world, I never thought these three letters wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Mai's

    View Larger MapNothing about Mai's is bad. There are plenty of things that are weird, though: the racks of dog-eared issues of US Weekly and Cosmopolitan, the soft-rock instrumental remixes of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" and "Take My Breath Away," the organza curtains that barely hide the parkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Green Papaya

    Eddie GarzaThey say Green Papaya isn't authentic Vietnamese. I say: When I first moved to New York, my oldest friend introduced me to her cousin, who also lived there and was also a journalist. We hit it off immediately, and one of our shared passions--aside from writing, reading, watching Proje ... More >>

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