Vietnamese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Dalat's Vietnamese Banh Mi Burger Is One of Dallas' Most Unique. And It's Good.

    Saddled up to the bar at Dalat, I experienced a number of burger firsts. Hot bowls of noodles shuttled out of the kitchen under a big dragon that's tattooed on the wall, and a guy at the bar sang along to A-ha's "Take on Me." I ordered the T&A Vietnamese Burger, which is probably named after the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    These Fried Foods Won the State Fair of Texas' 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards

    The 10th Big Tex Choice Awards were held inside the Tower Building at the State Fair of Texas this year. Unlike in previous years, there was a huge crowd; usually it's just the finalists, the judges, their families, and media, but the State Fair sold tickets to the public to this year's event. For ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014

    Dong Que Restaurant, Where Your Pho-bias Go to Die

    In a Garland strip mall, learning to love a lesser known bowl.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    La Me's Banh Mi Is Three Dollars' Worth of Suburban Strip-Mall Bliss

    There are scores of Vietnamese restaurants dotted throughout Richardson and Garland just outside of the loop, and nearly all of them are poised to sell you the cheapest lunch you'll ever buy, in the form of banh mi. The sandwich is to Vietnam as pastrami sandwiches are to New York City and cheeseste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Rollngo, Dallas' New Vietnamese Fast Food Restaurant, Is Now Open

    If you like Bistro B but don't have time for a full-service dining experience (or to make your way through their 500 item menu), you might check out Rollngo on Greenville Avenue. Bistro B's sister restaurant opened last week, just south of Northwest Highway, and offers Vietnamese food on the fly. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    There's Some Tendon in Miss Chi's Pho, and You'll Love It Eventually

    I have to hand it to Miss Chi, the newish pho spot in Preston Center. Owner Lan Chi Li was bold to throw a little gelatinous tendon in her pho. Other restaurants that serve the soup have told me they won't include tendon and other challenging ingredients like tripe because none of their customers wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Dallas State Rep Jason Villalba Makes a Play for Sriracha

    When Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden first made his pitch to bring Sriracha to North Texas last October, it seemed like an impossible long shot. What chance did a lone municipal official, bearing no tax breaks or economic development incentives, have of convincing the manufacturer of the most del ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Miss Chi, the New Vietnamese Spot from the Folks Behind Tanoshi Ramen, Opens Wednesday

    For a couple weeks, all we knew about Miss Chi is that it was coming. The signs of its arrival were all there, specifically an actual sign with the name of the restaurant and a couple posts about it on the Facebook page for Tanoshi Ramen. Since then we've been waiting for more word about the latest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    Tanoshi Ramen's Owners Are Already Planning Miss Chi, Another New Asian Restaurant

    According to new signage up in Preston Center, Dallas can soon expect another notch in its Vietnamese restaurant belt. The new Miss Chi Vietnamese appears to be from the folks behind Tanoshi Ramen, which itself is a new noodle restaurant in Deep Ellum. Joey and Chi Le are the pair behind Tanoshii ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    A Denton Councilman Says He's Trying to Lure the Sriracha Factory and its Lawsuit-inducing Scent to North Texas

    Sriracha is a condiment with a cult following. It's inspired web comics, a Lay's chip flavor, a documentary and a festival in downtown Los Angeles. It's even worked its way onto NPR's recipe blogs, space normally reserved for lentils, eggplants and handmade pickles. But no one can fly so high with ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    High-Brow Banh Mi Sandwiches Are Getting a Footing in Dallas

    When properly executed, the banh mi may be the greatest sandwich of all time. The balance of fatty flavors from mayonnaise, pâté and other meats, with acidic pickles, is the perfect backdrop for Asian flavors like soy sauce and cilantro. It's surprising that these sandwiches aren't more popular he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba Offers Take Out BYOB (Build Your Own Banh Mi)

    It was a gloomy day, so when a friend offered to deliver me lunch I jumped on the opportunity. "Bring me two banh mi sandwiches from Mot Hai Ba, and make sure one of them has pork pâté," I asked. I was curious how the restaurant would package the sandwiches, but I never thought it would be like th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Mot Hai Ba to Open Tuesday, Bringing a Blend of North Vietnamese and Street Food

    Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare have announced the opening date of their much anticipated Vietnamese concept. Mot Hai Ba will open next Tuesday, serving a blend of North Vietnamese cooking including a selection of street foods that may just be perfect for snacking. See also: An Open Letter to Mot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Fair Warning: Lay's Sriracha and Chicken and Waffles Will Hurt Your Soul

    I'm doing you a flavor favor. You're welcome. I work on commission though, so accordingly, I'll need you all to send me a dollar. This is a steal because I've saved you at least $6, which is almost two gallons of gas that could get you out to Joe Pool Lake to stare at the murky shore line, weep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    City of Ate Wins! Sriracha Chips Among Finalist for Lay's New Flavor.

    Plano-based Frito-Lay has announced the winners of their Lay's Do Us A Flavors contest. Several months ago chip-eaters around the world were asked to submit their idea for a new flavor of chip. The three winning flavors and their people were on Good Morning America this morning; A lady from Land O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Checking in on a Much Better Dalat

    When I reviewed Dalat this summer, I loved the concept of a late-night pho restaurant close to downtown but had problems with the consistency of the food I was served. My pho was salty one day and bland the next, and noodles that were consistently over-cooked would break apart when grabbed them with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Mama Fu's To Open 14 Local Restaurants

    Heard of Mama Fu's? You will soon. They're set to open 14 new restaurants across Dallas and Collin counties over the next several years. This fast-casual Asian-inspired chain is based out of Austin (Murphy Adams Restaurant Group). The local units are being brought to the area by MFDC Partners, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Searching for the Secrets of Pho in Hanoi, Plus Pictures of the Food and People of Vietnam

    In early August, Braden and Yasmin Wages took their first vacation since opening their restaurant, Malai, to spend five days in Hanoi, Vietnam, immersing themselves in the local food and culture. "We really just wanted to refresh and expand our menu," said Braden. "We also wanted to re-center ourse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Saigon Block's River Monster

    I've eaten a lot of Vietnamese food in my life, and I thought I had tasted, or at least seen, everything; I was way off. I would have continued living blissfully ignorant, but I was tipped off to a Vietnamese restaurant in Richardson that was known for serving a particular dish unknown to me. Remo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Things Sriracha Does Not Go On

    I started thinking about this project last Sunday whilst at brunch. I'd just hit Vickery Park's brisket sandwich with a healthy dose of cock sauce and noted how well the flavors worked together. Spurred by the famous Frank's Red Hot tagline, "I put that shit on everything" I asked my drunken table m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Our Favorite Chicken Soups in Dallas, for That Hangover or Those Flu Symptoms

    Get that lady some soup.​A search on for "Chicken Soup for the Hungover Soul" quickly reveals that there is no such title in existence (I smell an e-book opportunity!), most likely because no one wakes up with a pounding headache and the taste of bad choices lingering in their mouth ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 13, 2011

    At My Lan and Hiep Thai Market, Suburban Strip-Mall Magic

    Go for the jackfruit, stay for the pho. Oh, and bring your own beer.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Get On My Lan: How to Turn a Vietnamese BYOB Into a Killer Beer-Pairing Dinner

    ​Hey beer nerds: this post's for you. By now, after attending many beer-themed dinners, wherein a chef sets up a menu with beer pairings selected by a cicerone, you've realized the power of matching beer with food. The residual sugars present in all beer play nicely with sugar-containing com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Mango's Noodle House: A Bit Pricey, but If You're Already in Farmers Branch...

    Kristy Yang​Mango's Noodle House is not my, nor your, parent's kind of pho place. The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs reverberating from the speakers tipped me off. The restaurant's contemporary décor matches the music, but the food isn't quite as progressive. That's not to say that the presentation isn't p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Five Asian Lunch Options to Add to Your Rotation

    Kristy YangChosun's beef shortrib lunch box.​The boyfriend recently was moved to a different position at work, one with a shorter lunch break. So we decided to check out some of the quicker and better Asian-restaurant lunch deals around the Dallas area. Along with our own personal lunch spots ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 7, 2011

    Nammi: Trickle at the Truck

    You wanted food trucks? Here's one. Where are you?

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    West Village's Malai Kitchen: Asian Fusion Hobbled by Growing Pains

    The good news is that Malai Kitchen is a vast improvement over Tom Tom Noodle House, the Asian-styled restaurant that once occupied West Village. The less than good news is Malai restaurant still faces some growing pains. ​Asian fusion can be catastrophic, but compared with Tom Tom, there is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    b.b.bop Rice Bowls: There's Asian Fusion and There's All Over the Asian Map

    Photos by Kristy YangOutside b.b.bop's new location at Lovers and Greenville.​b.b.bop Rice Bowls confuses me. The Carrollton-based restaurant opened a Lovers Lane/Greenville location recently, and several friends on separate occasions suggested I try it. Admittedly, when I heard about the concept, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Lemongrass' Khoa Nguyen Demonstates an Easy, Greaseless Vietnamese Seafood Crepe

    Photos by Kristy YangLemongrass' banh xeo with seafood​As I teased in last week's Pho from Home post, this week we're visiting Lemongrass' kitchen with owner Khoa Nguyen where he'll teach us how to make their popular banh xeo. Banh xeo, or Vietnamese crepe, is known to be delicious but notor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Quoc Bao: Possibly the Best Vietnamese Sandwich in Big D

    ​Quoc Bao. That's long been the chatter when the topic of "where the best banh mi can be found around Dallas." Upon the urging of friends and the insistence of readers' comments, I finally decided to test out everyone's favorite banh mi shop. What better time than a City of Ate meeting with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Lumi's Susie Bui Takes a Leap -- and Soars

    Aaron Young/td>Lumi Empanada & Dumpling Kitchen's Susie Bui​She was working a corporate gig at Brinks as a marketing coordinator and had no restaurant background. Her brother was looking for a way out of the corporate death spiral. Even though her brother and his ex-wife once had a now-defunct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    It's a Southern Thing: Who Gets Credit
    For Introducing Vietnamese to Crawfish?

    ​Andrea Nguyen's presentation at the Southern Foodways Alliance symposium this weekend was bound to be a bit contentious, as the award-winning cookbook author was slated to explain to a roomful of proud Southern eaters and cooks that the Vietnamese crawfish tradition rightly belongs to Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Thai/Vietnamese Joint Coming to West Village

    Look, sometimes we just draw a blank trying to find photos for these things.​Two veterans of the restaurant group that includes Houston's have announced plans to open a Thai-Vietnamese restaurant in West Village. Braden Wages -- who most recently served as general manager of R D Kitchen -- an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Lemongrass' Take on Asian Defuses
    The Dreaded F-Bomb

    Photos by Kristy Yang​Last week, I had the pleasure of being proven wrong. For the majority of my food-seeking life, I've had an aversion to Asian restaurants of the fusion variety. Deep Ellum's Lemongrass restaurant rocked my prejudice to the core. Wanting to find a satisfying Asian meal wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Fried Tofu with String Beans in Lemongrass Sauce at Caravelle Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant

    ​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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Rice 1 Roll: Don't Expect the World,
    Just Good Indian Desserts

    Rice 1 Roll's rava kesari​Rice 1 Roll's very slick takeout menu proudly announces the "Indian Chinese Café" serves Indian, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese foods. It's a strange claim to make, because there's nothing but south Indian food on the menu. There's no half-hearted pho or lackluster pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    It's Pronounced "Fuh." Get the Pho King Joke?

    ​With a name ready-made for commemorative merchandise, Pho King Way just needed a reason to give its T-shirts away. Ergo the Fort Worth's eatery new six-course challenge, in which diners who polish off the first three dishes earn their very own "No Pho King Way" shirt. But there are greater r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Sometimes Off the Beaten Path Should Stay Off the Beaten Path

    ​This past weekend's Pacquiao-Clottey fight marked my first visit to Cowboys Stadium. Being the ever-so-dedicated blogger that I am, I took this opportunity of being in Arlington to try out a restaurant about which I'd been hearing good things. Whenever I am in Arlington, I usually visit my old st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Pho From Home: Tien Giang Restaurant

    ​Bombarded with work and handicapped by a restrictive schedule for the past few weeks, the blog writer had been subsisting on a diet of pizza and Subway. Nights consisted of depressing jogs on treadmills in artificially lit fat labs, followed by nightly visits to her local chain deli. Cold, wet, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Short Orders: Green Papaya

    Eddie Garza​Green Papaya 3211 Oak Lawn 214-521-4811This much is obvious: few people care whether or not Green Papaya trots out traditional Vietnamese dishes or Texafied facsimiles. It's not even an issue. The place has been so consistent over a long term that when they home in on authenticity or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    You Dim Sum, You Lose Some

    After nearly 22 years serving dim sum, authentic Vietnamese cuisine and Americanized Chinese, Arc-en-Ciel in Garland has shut down. Owner Mickey Luu had grown tired of running the lackluster-ing 450-seat restaurant featuring Chinese (dim sum) and Vietnamese cuisine, said a source (Luu could not be r ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2007
  • Dining

    January 15, 2004

    Puddy Good

    Oishii is a culinary adventure

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best pho

    Pho Saigon

  • Dining

    August 10, 2000

    Pho Flop

    Que Hong gets it wrong

  • Dining

    September 16, 1999

    Pho fighters

    A Vietnamese dish that really bowls you over

  • Dining

    November 6, 1997

    Transcendental dining

    Delight is in the details at Saigon Bistro

  • Dining

    November 24, 1994

    Mai oh Mai

    Dallas' first popular Vietnamese restaurant still does it best

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