I haven’t gone out for Vietnamese food in a really long time and being that I’m trying to explore my food horizons more often, I decided that I would finally pay a visit to Mr. Red Cafe located on Hastings
Unlike most Vietnamese restaurants found in this area (because there’s a plethora to choose from), Mr. Red Cafe specializes in the cuisine from Northern Vietnam. One of the main differences I noticed was that they didn’t have any rice dishes! And by this I mean, they only use glutinous rice here and “normal” rice isn’t served all together! How unique!
Shrimp salad rolls: These are a must have for me whenever I go to a Vietnamese restaurant. There wasn’t anything special about them but Grayson said that the peanut sauce was more “peanutty” and less “hoisin saucy” than ones he’s had before.
I on the otherhand am not a fan of peanuts so I opted to use their in house fish sauce! It was super delicious and had a more garlicy flavor than most I’ve tried before. I liked how they made it their own!
#11. Pho bo dac biet: special beef rice noodle soup with shank, flnk, beef balls and rare beef
#24. xoi khuc, vung lac: sticky rice and mung bean dumpling served with ground peanuts, sesame and salt
I decided to order these because I wanted to try something new and I had never seen these before. At first I was reluctant about my choice, but I was relieved shortly after when they arrived at the table and I took my first bite.
These were seriously the BEST Vietnamese item have ever eaten!
Under the thin layer of sticky rice, there was a layer of pandan based (the green) glutinous rice dough that encased the mung bean in the middle. The salt and pork floss on top added a nice element of saltiness to balance out the pandan which I really liked.
I cannot rave about this little dumpling enough and can’t wait to have it again!