I’m a little embarrassed at how many years I lived in Louisville and managed to never have eaten at Vietnam Kitchen. Oh it’s been recommended to me a boatload of times (along with the Iroquois Manor ValuMarket) but I’ve just never made the trip out there. Until now.
Earlier this week B and I, along with our “nerd supper club” made a pilgrimage to both Vietnam Kitchen and the famous international ValuMarket. Vietnam Kitchen has been described to me by various people in any of the following ways:
- Hole in the wall
- Sketchy location
- Hidden away
- Way out there
I found none of those things to be true. It actually took less than 15 minutes from our house in the Highlands to get to Vietnam Kitchen. Yes, true it is located in a strip-mall and yes, I found the bar next door a little, um, interesting but really Vietnam Kitchen is just a low-key little restaurant with excellent food (as the line of LEO Readers Choice awards on the wall can attest to).
The menu was quite long with plenty of choices for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. B and I each had a different tofu dish (she had a special clay pot tofu and I had ginger tofu) and both were really good. I was a little worried because my dish was marked as “spicy” in the menu and I’m a pansy when it comes to spicy food but I didn’t find it to be too spicy at all, I really enjoyed it very much. We each got a gigantor plate of steamed rice to go with our main dish and B ordered a “sizzling rice soup” that you really just have to order and experience. It’s like Rice Krispies talking to you but in soup. Yes, it’s as strange as it sounds but B freaking loved it.
If you do go out to Vietnam Kitchen, and I think you should, then plan time to go to ValuMarket (in the same shopping center) too. The international foods selection puts just about any other store in the city to shame.
5339 Mitscher Avenue
Louisville, KY 40214-2633