Nha Trang Vietnamese Cuisine
Shop G51, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2199 7779
Go on a hunt for the best Vietnamese food in Hong Kong, and you’re likely to stumble upon at least one Nha Trang Vietnamese Cuisine establishment. The culinary team operates seven branches of the renowned Vietnamese restaurant, the street-food inspired offshoot of Nha Trang Canteen and modern eatery B.P Vietnamese Kitchen.
Nha Trang is the founding concept of the group, and after 15 years operating in Hong Kong there are still lines out the doors most days, with the city’s office crowds scrambling to get a quick, affordable and delicious bite before heading back to the office grind.
At this casual Vietnamese eatery, the concept is simple – tasty street snacks, pho and vermicelli bowls inspired by the city of Nha Trang, a beautiful coastal town located in southern Vietnam. The local markets burst with bountiful seafood and fresh produce, ingredients that form the foundation of Nha Trang’s vibrant and diverse menu.
Sweet, salty, sour, spicy and aromatic, the offerings at Nha Trang celebrate the complexity and depth of flavour in Vietnamese cuisine, whether it’s in a heartwarming bowl of fragrant and beefy pho, in the funkiness of Hanoi-style fish cakes, or in the balance struck between savoury and sweet in the grilled beef wrapped in pandan leaves.
Executive Chef, Helen Ngo, hails from Vietnam, having spent her childhood in the picturesque Halong Bay. At Nha Trang, she’s transferred her knowledge and talent into a menu inspired by the food she ate growing up, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and home-style Vietnamese snacks.
Her pho is one of the best in the city, a slow-simmered broth that draws its flavour from pork and beef bones, beef brisket, chargrilled onions, ginger, shallots and a range of spices including anise, cloves and cassia bark, simmered over the course of 10 hours. The broth is poured over springy rice noodles and thinly sliced rare beef, topped with basil, green onion, coriander and bean sprouts right before serving. Squeeze a fresh bit of lime over the top, and you have yourself a bowl of pho that’s just as good as any you’ll find in Vietnam.
Look to the rice paper rolls to find a treasure trove of fresh seafood, from prawn salad rolls to soft shell crab and fillet of sole. Pair these with a pomelo and grilled prawn salad for a meal that’s healthy, refreshing and packed full of flavour.
More substantial offerings are made for sharing, from the stir-fried lobster with butter, honey and fish sauce to the lemongrass grilled fish and the Saigon curried crab. Another house signature is the braised pork belly in coconut juice, a rich and immensely satisfying dish that turns up the dial on traditional Chinese-style pork belly or suckling pig.
Of Nha Trang’s branches across Hong Kong, the Harbour City location next to the Victoria Harbour is where you’ll want to head for a sweeping view of the city to pair with your meal.
While you’re waiting for your meal, take a second to glance along the walls, with locallysourced art pieces and acrylic paintings offering a real slice of Vietnamese culture, mirroring the authenticity of Helen’s offerings on the plate.