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Tasty Vietnamese Fried Noodles

Vietnamese fried noodles 1

Something really bad happened (I’m just kidding). There is a new Vietnamese fast food restaurant in my neighborhood, that’s why I said something bad happened. Why bad? Well, I love asian dishes except the dishes that contain fish, but most of the asian fast food restaurants were that far away that the temptation was usually not too big to visit them regularly and I usually forget that they have a delivery service. But since there is a new Vietnamese restaurant just 400 meters away from me, it’s a problem, because now it just takes a small walk to get into temptation, consequently my wallet suffered a little bit more.

Vietnamese fried noodles 2

I did already find my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in my city a long time ago, it’s just that I don’t go there too often due to the mentioned reason. But the new restaurant in the neighborhood is not bad either, still not as good as my favorite but definitely not bad. The restaurant opened 4 weeks ago and I ordered already several times there since the restaurant is on my daily route. The owners are a couple, the woman does manage the orders and her husband is the cook and a real artist in handling the pan, no joke, it’s quite funny to see the ingredient fly through the air.

When I ate there, the dishes look better prepared, when I order to go, the food does of course look a little compressed due to the wrapping as in the photos of this post, but it is still tasty. I like fried noodles with vegetables and sauce, it makes you sated and it is not the most expansive dish. They have all kind of other dishes and I tried some of the more expansive dishes and they are good too. What I noticed, the woman does chop the vegetables freshly and her husband will use them in the pan, that is something very important to me as it shows you get it freshly made, that is sadly something that not all restaurants do, especially not fast food restaurants, but it’s great that they do it.

I had a funny conversation with them one day, the woman told me I would be the first German asking for chopsticks, looks like not everyone in my district would ask that. She asked “Are you really eating with chopsticks?” and I replied “Yea, started as some kind of  roleplay, I got better and better with each asian dish I consumed…” and both of them laughed and said in Vietnamese accent “That’s cool! Really, that is cool!”. I always use chopsticks for asian food, I think I became so good that it wouldn’t make much of a difference in time if I would eat the dish with fork and knife.

What about you? Do you like to eat asian dishes? Do you use chopsticks when you do?

14 Comments »

  1. That sounds and looks delicious! Isn’t food even tastier when we know who is preparing it for us? Quite the gift.
    I expect the couple are also pleased by your enthusiasm and noticing their careful style.
    I also have tried to use each local way of eating when I travel. At first,’I did so partly to be polite and fit in. Over time, I’ve learned that there’s a reason for it, in that the people of that country have learned over generations the best way to eat. In Japan, for example, I noticed how some dishes might be eaten with the bowl held up and near the chin. It works well!
    Forgive me for saying so, but I still have not learned how different drinks can taste that very different due to the shape of the glass. In Germany, many times I’ve been perplexed by the insistence that beer might taste best only if enjoyed in a specific glass. Perhaps I shall travel there again to study this.
    Thanks
    Vincent

    • Yes, I like it if you can watch the cook preparing the food. In this particular restaurant he is doing it behind the counter. I think not a lot restaurants do it that way, but those who do are probably proud about the own preparing (as in the example of the freshly chopped vegetables and the pan action).

      I see it as you, when I do eat something from another culture, I get curious and try to adapt to the style of eating. I like to experience the difference.

      Haha, to be honest, I didn’t even know that this would be a German thing only, but you are right, we have all kind of different mugs and glasses for different kind of beers, and for many other drinks. It’s true, to me it makes a big difference what kind of glass or mug I use for the beer. It also varies depending on the beer, there are beers that you “should” just drink from a long glass of beer or a short glass, and others that taste quite good in a mug. I guess it is a complex subject, we really have that many different glasses or mugs for beer 🙂 That makes me think I should take photos of the different ones in the future, so that I can compare them in a blogpost some day.

  2. Hey Dennis

    Can’t believe I’m only reading about this wonderful dish 3 years later. Do you happen to know the Vietnamese name of this noodle and the name or address of the restaurant that you bought this from? Thanks

    • Hi there 🙂 I think they just called it “Fried noodles with chicken” in German. It could be that it had a Vietnamese name, but they often write it in German below the name so that we know what it is 🙂

      I can’t tell you the exact position or name of the restaurant as I care about my privacy a lot. The only thing I ever really said on my blog was that I am from Lübeck in Northern Germany, and that’s where the restaurant was. Sorry 🙂

      • Oh… so you found this restaurant in Germany?
        Lol. I thought it was in Vietnam that you had this. I was looking for fried noodles in Vietnam. I see.
        Thanks for the reply.

        • Yes, I am born and living in Germany. But we have some Vietnamese restaurants here too. I love eating this food, it’s so delicious. 🙂 Are you from Vietnam?

        • Oh… I’m from Singapore. I’m doing a research on food in Vietnam, unfortunately there isn’t a lot in English, especially fried noodles. So I was really happy to see your post and thought it was in Vietnam. Then I was wondering why there isn’t an address or name of the shop if it’s a travel blog… now I know… 😆

        • Hehe yeah, it’s more of a photography blog 🙂 Of a random German stranger 🙂 I’d like to eat Vietanemese again, and all those restaurants have fried noodles… if I go again, I check for the Vietnamese name and let you know!

        • Oh. It looks pretty authentic to me, like the HK style fried noodles that I have here in Singapore. It looks like what you can easily find in Vietnam or Asia. Just a variation of noodles or other ingredients like beef or seafood.
          Not sure about the taste though, but it looks Asian enough. Hahaha…

        • I checked on a Vietnamese website in our town, and they just call it “Gebratene Nudeln mit Huhn” (Fried noodles with chicken). Also I’ve heard in the past that foreign restaurants do often prepare or invent dishes that meet the taste of the locals…. It could very well be a dish that is not really Vietnamese, that just looks Vietnamese. I’ve heard that this is very common in many western countries… the food can be “Asia-style” but it’s still different or adjusted so that the locals will like it. Same counts for German food in America… I’ve seen pictures from America that showed food of a German restaurant… and it looked German, but the food they showed is not really something I ever saw in Germany… which means, it might have been an “Americanized” version of a German dish 🙂 This could be the same with the fried noodles… maybe it’s a “Germanized” version of a certain Asian dish.

        • Thank you, this is good to know! Because I often wonder if it is authentic or not. You’re right, maybe it’s just a slight variation sometimes. They spoke an Asian language, probably VIetnamese behind the counter… so they must know how it’s done over there.

        • Yeah.. the way of cooking can be similar everywhere. It’s just the condiments or seasoning they add. They may or may not have adjusted it to suit the German taste. But then again the Vietnamese taste buds might be different from mine. Haha..so I can’t judge until I’ve really tasted it. Or until you’ve really tasted the authentic ones when you’re in Vietnam.

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