Prior to my recent trip 'south', I researched for the 'Best Vietnamese in Nanaimo' and was surprised to find a top rated restaurant in the vicinity of my normal shopping haunts.
|#6-Hoanh thanh sup - Wonton Soup|
|#3-Cha gio (2 cuon) - 2 Spring Rolls with Fish Sauce |
#37-Com ga uop xa nuong - Lemongrass Chicken/Rice
The 'Wonton Soup' had 2 components... I was pleasantly surprised to find a zip type baggie with fresh beansprouts, a whole fresh chili and a wedge of fresh lime, packaged separately. The 12 wontons were plump and the broth had good flavor. There was plenty for two of us. The 'Spring Rolls' were very crispy and the fish sauce dip was a flavorful addition. The rice did not fare well through the travel delay. The 'Lemongrass Chicken' had good flavor, although I would have preferred it to be pounded thinner and more caramelized, almost charred on the edges. I search for a very high standard when it comes to Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken. My next planned trip to Nanaimo, will allow scheduled time to 'eat in' and enjoy a fresh, hot meal at Huong Lan. I am already looking forward to the experience.
Till next week, Bon Appetit!
Photos by Sally Rae
Food from Huong Lan Restaurant~Nanaimo, BC www.HLrestaurant.com