Once again we found ourselves in the Farragut Tennessee/Turkey Creek Shopping area at lunch time. Lucky us!! We returned to the Vietnamese Bistro for another helping of their special cuisine.
Unfortunately, we forgot to photograph our appetizers before wolfing them down. We had Summer Rolls (4 pieces) and Shrimp Dumplings (5 pieces) The Shrimp Dumplings were fried/browned on the outside and were just great! The Summer Rolls, (Goi Cuon), included shrimp, pork loin, vegetables, herbs and vermicelli noodles wrapped in thin rice paper and served with peanut and/or citrus dipping sauce.
Laurie ordered the Spicy Noodles, (Bun Gao Xao Kho), which consisted of sauteed vermicelli noodles, egg, onions, bean sprouts and chicken. She could have chosen beef, pork or shrimp in lieu of chicken. It was very tasty!
Of interest...for our future consideration...were 5 different Pho Soups (Rice Noodle Soups) These include a chicken noodle soup, a couple of beef based soups, a meatball soup and Pho Dac Biet...beef, tripe and tendons.
I ordered the Pan Seared Thick Noodles. (Hu Tieu Ap Chao) These were wide rice noodles seared with beef, broccoli and bean sprouts. As with Laurie's entree, I could have had this dish with pork, chicken or shrimp. Very nice!
In keeping with the history of Vietnam, the expanded dinner menu offers a number of French Bistro items...Duck Breast, Quail, Trout, Roasted Free Range Chicken, Salmon and Filet Mignon.
One of the owners wanted us to try a luncheon special that wasn't on the menu. This is a Vietnamese version of pot roast. It's a soup dish, which contained tender pot roast, carrots, onions and spices served with bean sprouts, Jalapeno peppers and lime. We shared this dish and it too was very good! I especially liked it with a bit of the lime squeezed into the bowl.
Vietnamese Bistro now serves beer and wine. It's located at 11605 Parkside Drive in Farragut, Tennessee. Phone: 865-675-1310. The restaurant is open from 11 am to 9 pm Monday - Thursday and from 11 am to 10 pm on Friday & Saturday.