Friday, July 19, 2013

Hawaienne 泰源 - [Paris]

 There are many Vietnamese restaurants in Paris which developed during that epoch from when the French empire ruled over the Indochine region.   A typical Vietnamese sandwich Banh Mi if one must question their concept and origin,  is much like a modified French baguette sandwich.     I believed it was prime time for me to come back to the 2nd Chinatown area for re-exploration,  only minutes away from République after going back too much to the other Chinatown. 



There are many Chinese and Vietnamese shops scattered around Belleville area -
Also a handful of Tunisian shops found towards the side.  This is definitely an immigrants quarter.  




Longan Drink -
With Lotus seeds, Longan fruit,  Lychee.  This was not syrupy and about just right.
In fact this was one of the best versions I remembered having as it was well balanced..  ~  9/10




Herbs and Sauce,  Lemon -
You can see they correctly carried Culantro herb (Ngo Gai) here,  to me the most essential central herb to making a good bowl of beef pho.   Many shops slack off or never carry this due to rising costs,  which is surely robbing it of the experience.   The other mint leaf present tonight was a surprise,  since instead of the expected Thai Basil (Húng Quế) it was more like Lemon Balm.




Pho Dac Biet – Special Beef Noodles Combination
The soup was clear but one dimensional sweet from uncaramelized onions thrown in.  Slightly out of whack in balance as it was too sweet sugary but luckily enough,  it carried enough beef bone broth underneath it to support it all for rectification.  A few drops of soy sauce and hoisin sauce from my side nearly fixed the sweetness tendency temporarily.   The sliced beef were pink tender,  the Tendons and tripes cooked accurately.    Although the other notable beef noodles I ate at Pho Song Huong (Paris) or Pho Banh Cuon 14 (Paris) fared better as a total package,  this one wasn’t too shabby at all either.  ~  7/10


Glass Rice Noodles cooked to Perfect Degree -
The tendons were cooked well and as good as you can realistically dream of over on the weekend!



Hawaienne is definitely Not As Bad As I would have Thought -
It’s currently not at the top elite level of Vietnamese or French-Vietnamese dining still,  if you ask me.  Perhaps it doesn’t need to be either – the market will eventually sort itself out as I am free to choose next time!



Dong Huong to me isn’t very authentic,  but it is super popular -



Price:   Euro $12
Ease of Access:   4/5 
Food:   ♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Every Day -  9:00am to 11:00pm

Address: 15 rue Louis Bonnet, 75011, Paris, France
Ph: 01 43 57 15 64

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