Mui Ngo Gai

This is a mini-review for Mui Ngo Gai. Located on Nanaimo & West Broadway, across Bon’s Off Broadway, this little Vietnamese/Pho place was pretty busy! The decoration and set up reminded me a lot of Asia, being kinda kitschy in a Vietnamese kind of way, but comfortable and homely.

I ordered a small #19 – rare beef, tripe and noodles ($5.75). I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of Pho unless it’s a cold day, it’s not my cup of tea. But since I’ve been to “better” Pho places recently, I think it’s because I wasn’t going to the good Pho places.

For anyone who hasn’t had Pho, I’d recommend putting some of the ingredients they give you before your bowl comes. Squeeze the lemon/lime in the soup, toss in a chili/jalapeno, crush up the basil leaves and add a lot of the sprouts into your soup and stir.

There are many other options including rice dishes, salad rolls, deep fried rolls and combos.

Mui Ngo Gai has a website with their menu, here.

Food:
Like I said, I’m not a big fan of Pho, but this place was pretty good. The portions of all our dishes were good, a small bowl of Pho will be able to fill you up pretty good.

Ambiance:
There are some times when asian places try to make it look authentic and they fail – Mui Ngo Gai is NOT one of these places. I don’t know why, but I did enjoy their decorations and their bamboo/wood chairs, I almost felt like I was back in Asia. Very cool.

Value: 
Pho is one of the cheapest meals you can get in Vancouver. And for a small Pho bowl for under $6 is definitely a great bang for your buck.

Service:
Our server took our orders and they came out in no time. She was also friendly and helpful.

OVERALL: 
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Dee

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Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!
  • http://chowtimes.com Ben

    Hi Dee: Mui Ngo Gai is opening a new restaurant (same name) on Kingsway near Knight (I think). They should be ready real soon as I saw that they were quite advanced in construction already when I passed by last week. Ben

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      Hmm, will definitely have to keep an eye out for that! Thanks! :)

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  • http://www.muingogai.ca/ John

    Hi, thank you for eating at Mui Ngo Gai and taking the time to write a review. We read any reviews of our place and look to see who we are doing with what we make.

    You should give our speciality soups a taste http://www.muingogai.ca/Specialty_soups.htm

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      Hi John, thanks for taking the time to read the review! Your specialty soups sound delicious – will definitely have to come back to try it out or..try out your new location! :)