Graham: This is Hoang Ty Restaurant at 459 – 461 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Saigon’s District 10. It’s ugly, it’s popular and it serves a bewildering array of Vietnamese standards and Trang Bang specialties. I’m here for the Banh Trang Phoi Suong – a rice paper, pork, hedgerow and health wrap, roll and guzzle number. With your help, I’ve also attempted to dissect the colossal bush that arrives with the carnivorous end of this dish. Alors, I vill not prattle… suffice to say it is my favorite southern Vietnamese dish.
Hoang Ty does the full Vietnamese: White plastic chairs, shiny metal tables, fluorescent light tubes, mammoth TV (turned on) and monster big sound system (also turned on) All in all this restaurant is designed to utterly destroy your dining pleasure. The fact that it fails is testament to one thing only – the food. It is superb.
The satellite imagery above just chops off the dish of bean sprouts, cucumber slices and a bowl of mam nem on the far left. The menu offers three meat variations, we skip trotters and fat and go lean. Cannot find fault with any thing going on here. It’s excellent, even better than the Nguyen Van Thu street version in District 1.
Although the Hoang Ty number comes minus the he (a kind of chive) but with the welcome addition of bun (vermicelli noodles) and the not so welcome addition of mam nem (pungent friend loser). The nuoc mam (fish sauce) pictured above works just fine for this dish, IMO.
And here’s the tab for three, with soft drinks at lunchtime – bit confusing with the sister restaurant address at the top, but won’t deny the sentiment at the bottom. Hen gap bloody lai indeed. More photos from Hoang Ty.