Restaurant: Sông Quê
Address: 134 Kingsland Rd, Hoxton, Greater London, E2 8DY
- Assorted appetisers (Spring rolls, sesame prawn toast, spicy squid, crispy seaweed, spare ribs)
- Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese spring roll)
– Lươn Xúc Bánh Da (minced eels with lemongrass and chilli)
– Phở Xào Thịt Bò (stir fried mixed seafood with noodle – Mì Xào Dòn Dồ Biển (crispy fried noodles with seafood)
– Saigon Special
– Saigon Export
Notes: among the several Vietnamese restaurants that stretching along Kingsland Road contribute to make this corner of Shoreditch a little Hanoi, Sông Quê is probably not the prettiest but definitely one of the more authentic as the constantly high number of Vietnamese customers seems to confirm.
The assorted appetisers platter is a good start to set your mood and the fresh rice paper rolls with prawns will fill you more than you expect, but the more adventurous and pleasantly surprising option is probably the hot and spiced minced eels with lemongrass and chilli.
For main one of the several variations of their famous pho is a must: delicious, big, well presented and one of the only way to eat seafood in London without breaking the bank.
Asked what was the difference between a Saigon Special and a Saigon Export the waiter’ smiling answer was: “The label: aside from that they are absolutely the same”. Same, same. But different.