Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Meals: Anh Hong

For local Berkelians, finding good Vietnamese food within their little college town is a daily struggle.
Luckily we've bitten the bullet, trying many a number of mediocre pho noodle bowls, to bring you our favorite Vietnamese place in Berkeley. It was a difficult job but someone had to do it, am I right? Har har har.

We started off with a dish that Potato suggested—a do-it-yourself Vietnamese spring roll (gỏi cuốn in Vietnamese) plate—that was something I had never seen before in the area. The photo above is of the meat fillings that you can put in your wrap. Gotta love your protein, you dig?


But for all you lovelies who aren't complete carnivores like Potato and me, there were plenty of veggies to fill your spring rolls with as well: lots of Vietnamese mint, carrot and daikon pickles, romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, and such.


See? Yummy.


And being that it is our favorite Vietnamese place, you can count on the pho being fantastic. The broth is light and flavorful, definitely one of the best I've had. AND you can order a regular or a large bowl if you're super hungry. The noodles were perfectly cooked and there was just the right amount of ingredients in the dish.

By now, you may have noticed that we love our noodles (see our post on Little Plearn Thai Kitchen!). Not very subtle, I know.


And yes, we like our Thai tea too (and yes, we know it's a Vietnamese restaurant). This one was sweeter than the one we reviewed last week at Plearn but not overwhelmingly so. If you prefer your Thai tea a little sweeter, than this is your place.


Another perk about this place in general is its sheer size. If you're looking for a place to hold a big get-together, Anh Hong is a great option. I don't know about you, but I'd sure love to go to a pho party, ha.
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Review
Food:  It's our favorite Vietnamese place. Go figure. 
Atmosphere:  It's clean, it's big, but pretty average in terms of decor.
Service:  Good, fast service on days when it's kinda empty (like the days we usually go). But on the rare occasions that it's packed, service drops significantly.
Price: $$ Not the cheapest Vietnamese food out there but it's definitely worth the price.

Writer: Princess
Photographer: Pudding
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