Parsippany, NJ 07054
- Opened: 2016
- Cost: $$
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Public Lot
- Take Out: Yes
November 1, 2018
This family-owned “Vietnamese Noodle and Grill Restaurant” occupies the strip mall space that previously housed Pho Thanh Huong. New owners Lang Huynh and his wife Hien Tram opened Ninh Kieu, named for a city in Vietnam’s Mekong River delta, in 2016.
Every dish I’ve tried here measures up very well against the best versions available in New Jersey. Ninh Kieu’s extensive menu includes grilled meats over thin rice vermicelli noodles (bún) or rice (cơm), and eighteen versions of phở, Vietnam’s signature soup. Each bowl arrives with a hearty portion of vermicelli in a clear, long-simmered, beefy broth. Phở options include brisket, eye round, flank steak, tendons, tripe, or all of the above – the “House Combo.” Phở Ninh Kieu serves a wonderful version of bò tái chanh – thinly sliced rare beef in a lime and fish sauce marinade served with fresh basil leaves over a bed of julienned onions and red bell peppers. Think beef carpaccio, but exploding with sweet, sour and salty flavors. A healthy sprinkling of chopped peanuts and fried shallots adds some crunch.
Sweetly grilled pork “buns”, served with pickled vegetables in a pillowy steamed yeast bun, are an excellent way to start your meal. Ninh Kieu also makes wonderful bánh mì sandwiches served on fresh, crispy French bread.
There are about fifteen tables in the simple dining room. Service is friendly and fast.
Parsippany is one of the best towns to experience the broad diversity of ethnic New Jersey. Phở Ninh Kieu’s strip mall neighbors, where New Road hits Route 46, include Las Leyendas de Mexico, Sukhadia’s Indian Grill, and the Korean spot known for its tofu stew (soondubu jjigae), Hwang Bu Ja.