HAI PHONG RESTAURANT

1242 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-872-3828

Web: http://haiphongrestaurant.com/

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Advice: Take friends and share some traditional dishes.

Located in the heart of Little Saigon, is a hidden gem that has been serving neighborhood regulars for over 7 years. I have tried several dishes over the past couple of visits which has taken my tastebuds on a journey through Vietnam.

Garlic Butter Chicken Wings

Pho #5

On one of the visits I had the popular Garlic Butter Chicken Wings ($9.95) and one the next visit I had several dishes including their outstanding Pho #5 ($6.75 for small) Rare Beef and Beef Brisket with rice noodle soup.

Lotus Salad

Pan-Fried Shrimp Cake

Vietnamese Crepe

I shared the a small Lotus salad ($8.95) mixed with herbs and house dressing, topped with shrimp and pork, served with fish sauce; along with the delicious Pan-Fried Shrimp Cake ($9.95 reg size); as well as the Vietnamese Crepe ($9.95) a crispy pancake which is infused with coconut milk and traditional spices fried with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts.

Tamarind Crab

The highlight of both visits was their house specialty Tamarind Crab with a delicious sauce that covered the shelled crab, this is one dish that you must try.

Avocado Shake

I then had the deliciously filling Avocado Shake ($4) to finish my meal which is fitting for dessert but could also be a beverage to go with a meal. The menu has a vast selection of Vietnamese specialty beverages including their French style coffee and juices. You will also find many different versions of their Pho, salad rools, congee, hot pot and more.

Review By: Richard Wolak