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Bloomfield, NJ 07003
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Public Lot
- Take Out: Yes
February 18, 2012
Update – November 2015
Binh Duong has opened a second location in Hillside, NJ.
Update – February 2012
Binh Duong is one of my top five Vietnamese spots in Jersey.
On this visit, we enjoyed the super-crispy Spring Rolls (shrimp and pork), a tasty Crispy Fried Crepe (egg crepe filled with shrimp & pork), and of course, the rich and flavorful Beef Pho. For something a little different, try the Bo Kho – Vietnamese beef stew served with bread, rice noodles or egg noodles – large chunks of braised beef and carrots in a rich, fatty broth. Perfect for a cold winter night.
The servers are still friendly and happy to explain the more obscure menu items and ingredients.
Review – October 2010
When I ordered the Bun Bo Hue (Spicy Pork & Beef Rice Noodle Soup) from the “Chef’s Special” section of Binh Duong’s large menu, the waiter asked me if I wanted blood.
“Blood?” I asked.
“Blood,” he muttered.
“Sure, with blood,” I said.
Don’t be afraid. The blood appeared in my soup as wine-colored, tofu-textured, cubes. Not too strong by themselves, adding a slight morcilla flavor to the already savory broth. All together, a delicious bowl of rice noodles, pork slices, and beef chunks on the bone. Not only did they ask about the blood, the owner offered some friendly advice for eating the Bun (rice vermicelli) when he thought my wife hadn’t added enough sauce to the bowl.
Crispy Spring Rolls, succulent Roasted Quail, deep-fried Buttered Frogs Legs, nested Fried Sweet Potatoes with Shrimp, and a cold Shrimp and Papaya Salad made for a hearty table full of appetizers when we visited Binh Duong for a Friday night dinner with friends. One of those friends with Vietnamese roots declared the food and, importantly, the Pho, to be good.
In a Bloomfield strip mall that includes a Filipino restaurant and bakery, Binh Duong has about twelve tables in a simply decorated room. Service is fast and the crowd is a diverse mix of Asians and non-Asians.
With good food, friendly service and low prices, Binh Duong is a nice addition to our Jersey Vietnamese list.