Friday Night Vietnamese

When I have a cold, all I want to eat is a big steaming bowl of Pho. I call them “magic noodles” because without fail, they always make me feel better. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen showed up during one of those cold, dreary, sniffley days. Admittedly, I was looking for PhoPDX. I had been there once before: ate the Pho, was a little underwhelmed by the food, totally disappointed by the cafeteria style ambiance, and never went back.

But one day, I thought my head was going to explode snot and desperate times called for desperate measures. Can you imagine my surprise when the cafeteria style café was picked up, moved, and revamped into this little jewel.

Ever since then, I knew this place would become my Vietnamese standard. Fast forward to Friday night standing at the bus stop with a grumbling tummy, Luc Lac was only a few blocks away so I decided to buy dinner to go for me and Ben! I wanted to try one of everything so I just went for it. Sugar Cane Shrimp was the first course.  The minced shrimp meat was flavored perfectly and tasted amazing cooked around the sugar cane.

Next, I ordered the fresh spring rolls.  Typically, for me, spring rolls are just a vehicle for peanut sauce.  Both the peanut sauce and the spring rolls were solid, but maybe there was too much tofu?  I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was definite plainness to these to rolls.

As the main course we ordered the combination vermicelli…a little bit of everything including pork, chicken,  crispy rolls, nem nuong, and shrimp

And then another noodle dish, that was amazing and hard to stop eating…too bad its not on the menu anymore and I can’t remember what it was called!

The food here is tasty, cheap, and prepared quickly.  There is nothing very fancy about it, but its a solid option when you don’t feel like cooking.  I haven’t actually sat down at the restaurant, but the take-out option is great if you are looking for an easy Vietnamese option.

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