I’m not a huge fan of Vietnamese food but Mr. Red Cafe always seems to change my mind. In contrast to typical Vietnamese restaurants, Mr. Red cafe serves Northern Vietnamese food.
I was the most excited about this Dumpling sampling platter because I rarely encounter Vietnamese dumplings and who wouldn’t like trying something new?
The first one was the roundest one of the bunch. I think this one was made out of rice flour because it had a tough and dense exterior. I think that there was ground pork in the middle. I’m not sure what spice they used for it because it ended up being orange on the inside?
Next up was the flattest one. I didnt think that it would be so soft but it was almost the consistency of mush. I think this one was made out of rice flour as well based on the colour. There was a bit of minced meat inside, shredded carrots and green onion. I wasn’t a huge fan of the consistency of this one.
Then came the oh so traditional beef noodle soup. Northern pho is different because they use much more aromatics in their broth than Southern soup. I find this one to be a little more salty but the depth of flavor in it is amazing. The pho here might be pricier than most places but they also give you so much more beef slices!
Next, we got the crab cake noodle platter. If you’ve never had this before, you eat it by mixing everything together and then pouring the tangy fish sauce on top. I’m not usually a fan of anything fried but these crab “cakes” were so good! They were fried to crispy perfection and the inside was filled with shredded crab meat!
Of course we couldn’t leave without getting my favorite mung bean dumplings so we got those too! There are the best! They’re glutinous rice dumplings filled with savory mashed mung bean paste with pork then topped with pork floss and peanuts. It’s soft, chewy, salty, savory, and delicious.
We also saw bahn mi sandwiches on the menu so we decided to get one to try for the heck of it. We are used to the ones that are filled with pate and Vietnamese ham so we decided to get the shredded chicken. Unlike their protein heavy noodle bowls, the sandwiches lacked in the protein department and it seemed to us that there were more pickled veggies in there than chicken!
Would I come back? without a doubt yes