A Vietnamese co worker of H recommended DNJ Café of Paris 13. Native from Ho Chi Minh City, he has been in France for 3 years and finds food there similar to his home. We went on Tuesday and unfortunately, the restaurant was closed. Plan B, we tried Phở Bida which was 200 m from DHJ Café.
The few outdoor tables on the street were nearly all taken. We were led to an indoor seating which was alright as the weather dropped these last few days. Tables were spaced out interior due to COVID.
Pho, bun and com dia, quite a big menu with some more rare dishes.
Goi du du tom thit - Green papaya salad with shrimps and pork
Banh cuon tom - Steamed raviolis with shrimp - I believe the raviolis were home made and were quite good, maybe bigger or more shrimps. We felt the proportion of dough and shrimps should be more harmonized.
Bun Bo Hue - Hue spicy beef noodle soup with pork feet. I didn’t taste this, H said it was good. Although I remember the Bun bo hue I had in Vietnam had cubes of pork blood. I think maybe this will be too hard core for people here.
Bun bi nem chua cha gio - Rice vermicelli with pork rind, sour pork and spring roll. First time I tasted a homemade sour pork. Usually they are sold in the pink packages and they taste the same. This one wasn’t spicy and I like it. The pork rind was sliced extremely fine.
On the whole, the dishes are more refined or included some more preparation than most basic places here in Paris. These make the restaurant more interesting.
Phở Bida Vietnam
36 - 38 Rue Nationale
Tel: 01 53 79 01 61