Posted on | September 13, 2011 | by Jason | No Comments
I don’t eat in Chinatown very often & when I do, it’s normally at a Chinese restaurant, but I’ve passed Nam Son so many times while shopping around Grand Street that I decided to finally give it a go. I’ve been to Vietnam once & admit that I don’t know much about the cuisine. I’ve had Pho (perhaps what Vietnam is best known for) several times, so I was excited to see what else they had on offer.
The space is pretty typical of restaurants in Chinatown. It’s large & sparsely decorated with an extensive, varied menu. Our waiter was more than happy to help us figure out what to order so here’s the rundown of the food we got:
They serve about 20 variations of Pho using other meats.
Fried Soft Shell Crab
Flavorful, crispy, delicious. Deep fried battered crab with onions & scallion. It was good, but might have benefitted with some sort of sauce.
This is most likely a throwback to Vietnam’s history as a French colony, I’m not sure why I ordered this dish, I guess I was feeling adventurous. I’ve had similar curries at other restaurants but the frog legs were really chewy & not appetizing at all. The curry broth was tasty though, but this was the most disappointing dish of the entire meal. In the future I’ll stay away from this one.