VENUE DETAILS

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

Asian, Fusion, Vietnamese

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Rating: One Star One Star No Star No Star

REVIEW

Hai Truong and spouse Jessica Ainsworth-Truong couldn't have come up with a more appropriate name for their restaurant than Ngon Vietnamese Bistro. That's because ngon ("It's like saying long, with an N," said Hai) is Vietnamese for delicious.

And how. Here's just one example: If there's a Twin Cities restaurant serving a better pho (pronounced fuh), the traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup, then I haven't tasted it. "I'm not sure what others do, but I take a long time to make my stock," Truong told me, and his efforts show.

He slowly but surely extracts every molecule of flavor from beef bones and oxtails from Thousand Hills Cattle Co., the disciples of Minnesota grass-fed beef. It's a labor-intensive process, gently skimming off fat and insinuating fragrant spices -- the scents that teased my nostrils were anise and nutmeg -- before adding slurp-worthy fresh rice noodles, bright herb accents and a variety of proteins, from chicken and shrimp to lean cuts of that fantastic beef. There are six varieties, and each is a deeply satisfying meal in a bowl. Or, more accurately, a meal for two in a bowl; just about every customer I observed hunched over a wide bowl of pho later left the premises carrying a plastic container sloshed full of leftovers. Me included.

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Where:

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
799 W. University Av.
St. Paul, MN
651-222-3301

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