I adore Vietnamese food. It’s something that I grew up with and keep coming back to. The food is fresh, lean, healthy, and tasty. It doesn’t make you feel sick when you eat it or sit heavy in your stomach.
Of all the Vietnamese restaurants that I’ve tried, Hải Yến is one of my favorite. There are plus and minuses to the restaurant, like there is in every place, but this little shop in Vietnamese town, Chicago serves some of the best food around. Here are some things that I love about their food:
- Their meat is super tasty. It’s the of charcoal-grilled, flavor packed meat that’s hard to find anywhere else. The owner actually marinates the meat herself and brings it to the restaurant everyday, so nobody actually knows her recipe. That’s how you know that this is delicious. It’s homemade.
- Their fish sauce, or Nước mắm, is not super sweet. I absolutely hate sweet fish sauce, and almost every other Vietnamese restaurant makes their fish sauce too sweet. Hải Yến is one of those rare places that doesn’t do that. It’s just the right balance of sourness, sweetness, and saltiness that’s hard to find anywhere else.
- Their food is consistent. One of the major problems of Vietnamese restaurants is the fact that the food is not always made well. Some days you go in and the food is absolutely delicious. Other days you go in and the food absolutely sucks. Hải Yến has always provided delicious and tasty food. My family have taken other people to this store and it’s never failed us even once.
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