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.
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.