NOTE: Change of location as of Nov 1st, 2014 – read details at bottom.
Alex, a good friend of mine here in Bangkok, along with his wife Mam, have recently opened Vietnamese and More – a peaceful homey restaurant where they prepare both Vietnamese classics, and a number of fusion Thai creations.
Like any good Vietnamese meal, I started things off with a lovely plate of shrimp and pork summer rolls, triplets to be exact!
The rolls begin with leafy greens, a variety of fresh herbs, and shrimp and pork neatly stuffed into transparent rice paper sheets and rolled into tubes. Served with sweet peanut sauce, the contrast of the crisp vegetables and the smooth nutty sauce was nicely refreshing.
I might add that their deep fried spring rolls, which include glass noodles and pork, are superb as well. You might remember them from Big Bite Bangkok, where they are always a big hit!
The menu at Vietnamese and More is simple and easy to understand – items are listed in both English and Thai – including detailed ingredient descriptions.
One thing I can’t get enough of is their fresh rice noodle dish known as Bún Thịt Nướng (khanom jeen in Thai terms). The noodles are topped with a garden of lettuce, basil, cilantro, mint sprigs, pieces of marinated pork, and one of their signature fried spring rolls placed on the side.
To make things complete, it’s served with a sensational fish sauce dressing mixed with pickled carrots and daikon radish.
Dump the dressing over the noodles, mix everything together in a few tosses, and it’s ready for consumption.
Here’s a close up bite.
You’ll love it!
Alex is a serious master when it comes to slow cooked broths and soups.
Next I sampled the “thickened noodle soup” with pork ribs. It’s kind of cross between a watery broth and thick gravy – almost like a Thai radna gravy.
There were so many incredible meaty dimensional flavors packed into the soup, and the meat effortlessly slid off the bones.
The beef pho noodle soup was nearly as good as the thickened porky soup. It was that similar wonderful flavor of freshness I remember so vividly from eating Vietnamese street food in Hanoi when I visited.
Be sure to garnish with a few generous squirts of Siracha hot sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lime.
I have no fonder memory of visiting Vietnam than sitting on the side of the road, watching rivers of motorbike whizz past, while nursing down iced Vietnamese coffee.
While the atmosphere is much more peaceful at Vietnamese and More, the coffee is still wonderful!
For dessert, you’ve got to try the banana jackfruit spring rolls drizzled in homemade caramel. They are a twist on Filipino banana lumpia, known as turon, but the Vietnamese and More version.
Served warm, you get that wonderful crunch, paired with the sweet banana interior. Delicious.
Vietnamese and More is located within the neighborhood off Sukhumvit Soi 16. Here’s a photo of the outside of the restaurant. Notice the medical clinic sign on the left hand side? Vietnamese and More is the metal gate directly opposite the walking street.
Here’s a photo of the entrance. Just walk into the gate, and within the double wooden doors is Vietnamese and More.
The Bottom Line
Alex and Mam are both passionate about cooking, and Vietnamese and More is the product of their hard work, and skills in the kitchen.
Head over to Vietnamese and More for great food in a peaceful, friendly environment.
What to eat: Everything is good, just depends on what you’re in the mood for. I’d especially recommend the deep fried spring rolls and fresh spring rolls, and the Bún Thịt Nướng.
Vietnamese and More
Address: New Location (and see their Facebook page for more details) Rompo Mansion, 99/9-11 Thang Rotfai Sai Kao Pak Nam road, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: 02 671 9955
Hours: Tue – Sun from 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9:30 pm (closed Mondays)
Prices: Expect to pay 80 – 150 THB per person, single dishes are 60 – 90 THB