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Unlike Western food, Asian flavors are much more complex and difficult to recreate. It’s always an achievement when you come across an Asian restaurant that serves authentic tasting food.
If you are looking for an authentic pho fix, make your way to Vina Trang in San Antonio Village. It’s a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant but could very soon be your go-to for Vietnamese food.
Owner Trang grew up in Vietnam and as a girl she worked at her family’s restaurant, learning the recipes and studying the cooking techniques. From there, she fell in love with Vietnamese food and the joy it brought people.
Fun Fact: Trang is the owner's name, while Vina is her English name.
The restaurant has got quite the menu full of several kinds of banh mi, pho, and Vietnamese coffees.
Fresh spring rolls with shrimp, vermicelli, and cilantro served with a peanut sauce
After moving to the Philippines in 2012, Trang felt that something was missing and that’s when she started Vina Trang. “It’s like it’s my destiny,” she said. The restaurant is small and Trang plans to keep it that way saying, “I don’t want to commercialize like bigger restaurants because I want to focus on quality.”
Banh Mi Thuyen Thong
Vietnamese baguette sandwich made with traditional pork patties
Insider tip: Trang recommends you try the Pho Cac Biet (house special with a little bit of everything) and the Banh Mi Thuyen Thong which is made with traditional patties.
Traditional banh mis are made with one or more meats, stewed and fresh vegetables, herbs and condiments. Vina Trang’s Banh Mi Thuyen Thong is made with grilled pork patties and have a kick of chili that you can ask them to omit if you’re not too keen on a spicy.
Pho Cac Biet
House special with prime beef cuts, meatballs, herbs and vegetables
Bun Thit Nuong
Vermicelli bowl with grilled pork, fried spring rolls, herbs and vegetables. Served with a sweet, fish sauce dressing
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