Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Viet Noodle: Vietnamese Hangover Cure

There's nothing more comforting than a big bowl of warm noodle soup after a big night.  We stopped by Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater Village for dinner, based on a friend's recommendation.  Atwater Village is north of Downtown LA on the 5 Freeway, a cool little place; we'd been a couple years ago to see a friend's show at an art gallery and also had a delicious dinner at Canele, all on the same strip as Viet Noodle.  The space is clean and minimalist, with no sign on the brick facade outside, and two long narrow spaces, one with long tables and one with several bar height tables.  We ordered the jicama vegetarian spring roll, fish noodle soup and organic chicken pho ga.
Jicama Spring Rolls

Fish Noodle Soup

Chicken Pho Ga
The jicama spring rolls were good, but a little small.  I really liked the dipping sauce though; it had a lot more flavor than the normal peanut sauce that accompanies spring rolls.  I loved my fish noodle soup.  The fish was incredible tender, and the broth was clear and delicious, and there was a ton of contrasting textures and flavors including the bite of fresh ginger, crunch from mung bean sprouts and freshness from the cilantro.  I particularly liked the ginger; it gave the soup a medicinal rejuvenating quality.  K. really enjoyed his chicken pho ga as well.  The flavors were simpler, but still delicious.  The broth was also clear and very comforting and there was plenty of tender chicken.  Prices are a little high for a Vietnamese place at $8-10 for the noodle soups, but it's definitely worth it with the high quality ingredients and tasty food.

Viet Noodle Bar
3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 906-1575

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