Today I got to meet up with an old friend from college. She took me to this cute Vietnamese restaurant in Gangnam, Seoul in South Korea.
The first thing you see when you come in is the Vietnam Street Food Market concept, hence the name of the restaurant. The design is so cute! I haven’t been to Vietnam in my adulthood yet but I can imagine that this is what it would look like.
I also like that there is a huge variety of Vietnamese food in the menu. I’ve been to many Vietnamese restaurants in South Korea but there is usually a limited option. So the many food options is definitely a plus!
I’ve been trying to find the best pho in South Korea so of course that is what I ordered.
The restaurant is owned by Vietnamese people so the broth tasted amazing! Not like the canned broth you taste in the bigger chains like Phomein. My friend said that the pho they serve here taste just like the pho in Vietnam. I only know the taste of American pho so I can’t compare but I would say the broth is almost as good as my grandma’s (of course nothing can beat my grandma’s cooking).
For the meat lovers, the amount of meat you get is a huge plus. I noticed that most places will only give you 3-4 slices of meat but I honestly prefer it that way. After being vegetarian for so long, I don’t like to eat too much meat. Another thing I didn’t like is that bean sprouts are already added into the dish instead of given to you as a side dish. I like to add the bean sprouts in myself.
And not to mention the price! My friend and I ordered two bowls of pho, a sugar cane drink, and a calimansi drink. We paid 25,000 (about $24) altogether. Overall, I really like the restaurant and would definitely go back again. My favorite part of the restaurant is the street food concept!
Location: Gangnam Station
Take the green line (line 2) to Gangnam Station. Get out at exit 9, turn left, walk past the Mega Box and go straight down the alley. The restaurant is at the end of the alley, across the street from eight 8.