Sunday, December 25, 2016

Cục Gạch Quán

The quaint little restaurant that Angelina Jolie loves!

There are a few different sections - we just chose to go to the busiest area.

Food for the night.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls / Goi Cuon Tom Thit (VND80k / USD3.60)

Vietnamese Pumpkin Flower Soup / Can Rau Tom (VND90k / USD4)

Something so unique that you should order! I mean, how often do you get to drink flower soup.

Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaf / Bo Cuon La Lot Nuong (VND120k / USD 5.30)

Soft Shell Crab / Cua Lot Rang Muoi (VND220k / USD9.75)

Pork Stew in Claypot / Thit Khia (VND95k / USD4.20)

Red Bean / Che Dau Den & Grass Jelly / Suong Sam (VND40k / USD1.80 each)

Did not really enjoy the desserts, some of us did as they find it's quite refreshing. But I guess it's a little too unique for me. The green jelly tastes like grass, but you'll never know if you don't try.

Coconut Juice / Dua Tuoi (VND40k / USD1.80)

That weird straw - which is good for environment. Except my coconut juice tasted very strong of that plant smell! Most of them loved it - I find that the idea is fantastic, at least we are not creating wastage! But the taste is really not for me so I figured I will never order their coconut again.

We just could not help taking photos of the place - it's so pretty!

We couldn't decide what to eat and decided to return for lunch. Surprisingly the section we went to for dinner was empty, so we proceeded to the other side of the road where their main kitchen is at.

Stir-fry Pork (VND130k / USD6)

Deep Fried Tofu with Lemongrass and Chilli (VND95k / USD4.20)

They love to introduce this dish to all of us - which is their signature but I really don't find it any special. Deep-fried tofu is quite common in Chinese cuisine, the only difference is the very mild lemongrass and chilli spices. I could actually give it a skip for it - it's just fried tofu.

Healthy brown rice! Did not notice this on our first visit!

Deep-Fried Viet Spring Rolls (VND80k / USD3.60)

I prefer the fried over the fresh. It's personal preference though.

Starfruit and Clam Soup (VND90k / USD4)

This is something different from the usuals - starfruit soup?!?!

Soft Shell Crab (VND220k / USD9.75)

Sauteed Zucchini Flowers (VND80k / USD3.60)

This is a MUST order!!! Another flower greens we had for the trip. There are a lot of flower dishes here in HCMC that everyone should really try. Their flowers are something different you may not get it in your country.

Lunch food spread

Do order their juice - it costs VND85k / USD3.80 for it but it's a bottle and good to fill up two cups! It's also very refreshing for such a hot weather!

Banana Fritter (VND25k / USD1.10)

I didn't enjoy their desserts for dinner, so I was a little skeptical with the yogurt. Just worried that it may turn out to be something too unique.

Homemade Yogurt (VND30k / USD1.35)

The perfect way to end our meal - Viet coffee please!

I could understand why Angelina Jolie loves this place. Everything we had were all great - perhaps with some really average dishes but majority are above average and dishes I would definitely order again. Also, to add on, the place is very comfortable as compared to street eats. Definitely a 5-star in  HCMC! 

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