Off the Eating Path: Bếp Nhà Viet Kitchen, D’Vegan, and Other Restaurants You Need to Know

Lake Highlands has become a bona fide dining destinationAnd the With small, chef-run restaurants, the Waffle House is brand new and everything in between.

And while we appreciate our nostalgic food, sophisticated cafés and handcrafted cocktail bars, there are a number of food finds that are often overlooked for those wishing to travel the less troublesome route.

A hub of authentic, reliable Asian restaurants is located near the outskirts of the neighborhood, at the southwest corner of Walnut Street and Audelia.

A pair of giraffes in a life-size parking lot practically refer to Bistro B, the center of this dining world. This Asian fusion venue is the opposite of a hole in the wall (loud and big with bling for days). As owner Michael Dang said, “It’s just like a nightclub!”

The menu is a volume folder with chapters on fire pots, pho, vegetarian foods, Chinese dishes, banh mi, rice combos, desserts and drinks – coffee, tea, smoothies, ice cream shakes, shaved ice, gelatin, and desserts galore.

Within the orbit of Bistro B are a few owners who – although their rooftops shine less brightly – make equally interesting fare and backdrops.

Bếp Nhà Viet . Kitchen

The newest addition to the shopping center is Bếp Nhà Viet Kitchen. Owner Huong Ngongo used to work at Pho 95 (who ran the same suite) and was a close friend of those owners, she says.

Last year she bought the restaurant, and rebranded it.

The new interior looks bright, clean and spacious, with wood-panelled counters, modern café tables, and plants hanging from shelves in their healthy green vines. For those stimulated by the dazzling vibe of Bistro B, Bếp Nhà is a panacea.

Ngongo says the shopping center – which is near Texas Instruments and Richland College – is ideal for small businesses like her company. “We have a lot of loyal customers from both,” she says.

It has also updated the menu, which includes specialties like cornish whole fried chicken, staples like pho and noodles and fine drinks including lychee or mint rose tea and kiwi soda garnished with flowers and fruits.

She says her customers’ favorite menu item is the yellow pasta dish.

“It’s made the way it was made in Da Nang (Vietnam) where my husband belongs.”

Tweet tofu

Kelly Fam – the one you’ll find on a deli table called Tuyết Tofu She immigrated to Dallas with her mother, father, and six siblings in 1992.

“My parents came here from a third world country, without dollars, to fulfill the American Dream,” says Pham, who now oversees the family business, two of which — Tweet Tofu and La Mi — are located inside Walnut and Odelia Center.

Kelly, the second child, remembers all the siblings sharing a room, my dad goes to work every day and my mom stays home and cooks. Tofu played a huge role in my mom’s kitchen. “It’s healthy, and I made enough to share it around the entire apartment complex,” Kelly says.

Tuyết Tofu was the “first child” of the Pham family as Kelly describes it. Her parents are retired but are still at the store six days a week, she says.

A visit to Tuyết Tofu yields soybeans in various forms – lightly fried tofu marinated in minced lemongrass, chili, and skin folded into an egg roll wrapper – and sticky rice, which is equally the equivalent of tofu.

“Especially during the Vietnamese New Year, we make tons of sticky rice cake,” she says. That could mean sticky rice around pork, red beans, or other meats and vegetables, depending on the season. For pan mi sandwiches, Tuyết usually stocks fresh jars of pickled leeks, carrots, peppers, and onions.

The other offers are endless and varied. A couple waiting for their order told us they don’t always know what to expect here. They say they embrace unpredictability. All the food here – at La’ Me, D’Vegan, Bếp Nhà (and the countertop desserts inside the Hong Kong market, which have “the most luxurious snow cones imaginable”), and they all love it – is a real experience they say is a gift to the neighborhood.

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The Pham family’s second Walnut Street restaurant, La ‘Me, is well known even outside our region for its quality banh mi (Vietnamese hoagie) made from airy baguettes, Fresh pickled cucumber, maybe a smear of chili sauce, tofu or pork. They also serve about eight kinds of the famous noodle soup and vegetable pho. The noodle dish kho dac biet is served with broth on the side, giving one the option to enjoy it as a soup, or, in Texas summer, no.

Like its neighbors, La’ Me’s menu is extensive, so opportunities for new culinary adventures come with every page. A scrutiny of traveler reviews and local reviews reveals that favorites include broken rice, bun mum (a dish of fish and leeks), ben dao mam tum (a mixed dish with many seafood and vegetables) and bun cha ha (roasted pork and noodles).

Many in Dallas rely on Fam’s restaurants (they also own Pho Tay Do in Richardson) for dishes that remind them of home or the flavors of a faraway culture. In return, says Kelly, the family works hard for and values ​​both neighboring businesses, and loyal customers who are “like family.”

de vegan

Located inside Walnut Street Hong Hong Market, which docks the center, it’s a peaceful haven for diners who don’t eat animals (or for those who do, who don’t mind a meal containing soy proteins, nuts, and beans).

“peaceful?” you may ask. It’s just the word that comes to mind when reading D’Vegan’s “Alternative Life” brochure, which is animated with a single cartoon pig whose quote bubble says “I love you,” and a hen with chicks saying, “Pray for you.”

D’Vegan’s Noodle Soup is the vegan alternative to chicken broth—thickened with noodles, mushrooms, tomatoes, mint, cilantro, and pineapple. Kung Pao chicken – and all meat made with soybeans – comes out tender and delicious. Golden noodles are plump and absorbent (for the spice), and anything with lemongrass is a delight for all the senses.

bun bi cha, crispy rice noodles are made of Delicious crispy tofu, pickled carrots, with our homemade oil-spiced sauce. Also, don’t leave without two sachets of vegan vegan, available at the counter. D’Vegan has been here for at least a decade, so it’s reliable, and you really can’t go wrong. Settle in a comfortable booth or take the boxes with you.

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