Eatery - Brodard Restaurant (CA)
9892 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
Pricing - $/$$ | Dining - Casual, To-Go | Cuisine -Vietnamese
It's funny how I've never been to Brodard (I went once to just sit and meet friends but left soon after for another dinner so never had the food), especially considering how everyone has been there and it's right down the street from me. Anyhow, some friends from San Diego were in the area and wanted to snag a quick dinner so off we went here. They've actually been here more than I have (I know, for shame!).
So what are they most known for? Their nem nướng (pork meatball) rolls which have delicious vermicelli, basil, shredded carrot, green onion, lettuce, and fried egg roll wrapper inside of a rice paper roll. There's also the special dipping sauce for this. I've had this before in Vietnam where it began (which was amazing!) but this is a pretty good remake too. We got that along with the ram tôm (shrimp) rolls which had similar fillings except for shrimp paste instead of pork meatball. They were generously sized and delicious.
My friend had craving for the chicken rice porridge (who gets cravings for that? honestly...) which I tasted. It was mushy as it ought to be but I honestly like my mom's homestyle one better. He also got a noodle dish that I can't remember the name of but the picture is a reference. It's dried egg noodle which is covered in seafood in brown sauce. I didn't get a taste of it but it looks great.
My other friend took an order of bánh mì bò kho for himself. It's a tomato-y beef stew that needs bread to sop up. It came off a little salty to me but still good. I only had a small bit but really enjoyed the fresh baguette that came with it.
My order was the Bún Đặc Biệt Brodard, their specialty bún dish consisting of pretty much everything. It had grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, bbq pork, grilled shrimp paste, nem nướng, and eggrolls for the meat; the vegetables were iceberg lettuce, cucumber, pickled carrots, green onions, and fried red onion. Atop of vermicelli and topped with chopped peanuts, this dish was a smorgasbord of awesome. I really enjoyed it but don't recommend it for those who aren't hungry. It honestly took quite a while to finish (most of) it!