In truth, the plastic tables, the canteen-like environment and the impersonal feel of the restaurant is exactly like those that you would find in Vietnam. Often, I believe, we try and “construct” how foreign restaurant should look like according to our assumptions or thinking they would have a traditional look, yet they often don’t.
Location: Tay Do, Hoxton, London
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 50mm lens
I realized I didn’t have Vietnamese for quite some time – but Shoreditch seems to be the place for it, teeming with these restaurant. It reminded me very much of Melbourne’s Springvale or Footscray neighborhoods, even if at a much smaller scale.
Pho is certainly one of my favorite dishes, a clear broth soup with noodles and rashers of meats inside – the beef one, at least, should be raw and finish cooking inside the soup so don’t be alarmed if you think they just haven’t boiled it enough. It’s supposed to be like that. Always so many options for dishes – hard not to find something to enjoy. Healthy, fresh and spicy, it’s a cuisine that needs to be tried if you haven’t before – and one to enjoy every once in a while if you have.