Best Vietnamese 2012
May 1, 2012
GOLD: PHNOM PENH
Silver: Pho Thai Hoa | Bronze: Pho Tan Vietnamese | Honourable Mentions: Vancouver
Vietnamese & Au Petit Café
Family-run Phnom Penh (Gold) has a lock on this category, and for good reason. You could spend hours perusing the encyclopedic menu of authentic Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes, but do what your neighbours are doing and order the butter beef and deep-fried chicken wings with lemon pepper dipping sauce. Then repeat. Soup’s the thing at Pho Thai Hoa (Silver), especially the house special pho dac biet, a “slurptastic beef lover’s delight: a jumble of fatty brisket, soft tendon, tripe, and meatballs with noodles in a clean, light broth.” Pho Tan (Bronze) is an unexpected gem on the Main Street corridor; go for ga nuong xa, grilled chicken delicately scented with lemongrass. Honourable Mentions to Vancouver Vietnamese (fried prawn on sugar cane!) and Au Petit Café (best banh mi in town!).