Location: Old Downtown, Daejeon
How To Get There: Get off at Daejeon Station (KTX exit). Walk across the street where you will see this restaurant on the 3rd floor. It will say “베트남 쌀국수”
I’ve been to this place so many times and it never fails to bring out my inner Vietnamese self. On my latest visit here, I noticed that they added new decor to the place. And by new decor, I mean a hammock in the middle of the restaurant. I mean, that’s a sign that it’s authentic. 🙂 The menu is pretty extensive and they are now adding a lot more party foods to the menu:
I was really craving bò kho (Vietnamese beef stew) and this is pretty much the only place in Korea that serves it. They advertise it as a beef stew served with a warm baguette for dipping. But, as I suspected, they didn’t have any baguettes in house that day. From what I heard, they make their own french baguettes. So instead of opting for something else, I asked them to substitute bread for a handful of noodles. Surprisingly, they obliged! While waiting for my meal, I ordered some cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk):
I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but I was really craving this. I miss that strong coffee taste from Lee’s Sandwiches. And I love condensed milk! I was expecting them to add egg noodles to my beef stew, but they added the white vermicelli noodles. I was skeptical at first, but it turned out to be pretty good!
They added some basil and fresh onions, which made it feel like I was eating phở. This dish definitely hit the spot. I wanted to order more food, but I held back since I didn’t want my roll out of there like a butterball. I will definitely be coming back to this place again very soon. The weather is getting colder and warm noodle soups are my jam!