|Lemon grass grill pork on vermicelli with Thai ice tea|
When we got there it was lunch time. The place was small and more suitable for take out place. There were maybe 5 tables altogether with some plastic chairs and some built-in seating along the wall. Quite interesting. The wall was painted cheerful bright green. And when we walked in I was expecting someone to sit us down. But then there was a register just outside their small kitchen opening with the sign “order here”. Their menu was small and more or less a repeat. You can have grilled lemon grass pork/chicken/beef/tofu as topping for garlic noodle/vermicelli/rice/salad. And then there was menu for the spring roll and a few drinks. That’s pretty much it. Nothing soupy like noodle soup.
We decided to share the grilled lemon grass pork on vermicelli and spring roll with grilled pork. It took maybe around ten minutes for our order to be ready. The vermicelli bowl was really refreshing with the chopped lettuce and cucumber. The grilled pork was tender and well marinated. The meat cut was more julienned than thin steak like the other Vietnamese restaurant. But I like it that the meat was tender yet not fatty. One thing I would change would be having the lettuce sliced smaller pieces to get the flavor in better with the rest of the ingredients. But no big deal.
The spring roll was a bit on the expensive side. It’s $5.50 and we got only 2 rolls. But it’s San Francisco and it got grilled pork inside instead of shrimp so I guess that sort of increased the price. The roll was freshly made and the rice skin was still soft so that’s a plus. The sauce used was fish sauce mixture instead of the sticky peanut sauce. I still can't figure it out when to use the fish sauce mixture and when to use the peanut sauce. It seems that normally peanut sauce is served with shrimp spring roll.
2110 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: (415) 650-3009