Vietnam Street Food Market, Gangnam

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!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

Diệu Hiền Quận, Ansan

The best thing about living in Ansan is the multicultural city at Ansan Station. The moment you get off the train, it’s like stepping into a Southeast Asian country, kind of like the wardrobe in Narnia that leads you to another world.

There are a ton of factories in Ansan which means there are also a ton of immigrant workers. These workers bring their families to South Korea and with nothing to do, they open up restaurants! Being away from home is already hard enough but to live in another country for work is even harder. The thing people usually miss most about their home country is the food (myself included). You can bet that the food here is authentic otherwise these restaurants would go out of business pretty fast!

The restaurant looks small from the outside but it’s a lot bigger on the inside. It was actually really crowded with many tables crammed in next to each other. I’ve also been told that this is the most popular Vietnamese restaurant in the area so there were a lot of people inside.

I’m trying to find the best pho in South Korea so I went with the Pho Ga (Chicken Pho). Just based on how it looks, I like that it’s very simple with only a few ingredients. And honestly, I must say that the broth tasted just like my grandma’s! This means the broth must have been simmered for hours (my grandma usually simmers it overnight). The only thing I didn’t like was the chicken. It was really dry and didn’t taste fresh at all. Next time, I want to try the pho bo (beef pho).

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (I give it 5 stars simply because of the broth).

Location: Ansan Station, light blue line (line 4) and get out at exit 1. There is a highway outside the exit. Take the underground path to get to the other side of the highway, walk straight for a block, then turn left. The restaurant will be on your right at the end of the street.