I’ve been hearing about Brodard’s nem nuong cuon (pork spring rolls) for years and I finally stopped by to try them. First, finding the restaurant was a challenge because it’s not visible from Westminster Ave. Park and walk into the building that’s at the center of the strip mall and you’ll find various stalls and Brodard. The entrance in the mall leads to their café area which has seating and serves drinks and che (desserts). Or keep going towards the back and you’ll find the restaurant and takeout area.
The menu is extensive and includes several kinds of house special rolls, banh xeo (crepes), salads, noodle soup, noodle bowls, rice porridge, rice dishes and desserts (many kinds of macarons).
* Nem nuong cuon ($4.50 for 3 rolls or $6 for 4 rolls): Grilled thick pork sausage, lettuce, cucumber, carrot, daikon, mint and fried egg roll wrappers tightly bound in thin but strong rice paper with a thick, tangy sweet warm secret sauce that tasted like it had fish sauce, ground pork, etc. The rolls were fresh and wrapped well but I didn’t like the crispy egg roll wrappers. I like the light freshness of spring rolls and the abundant fried wrappers made the roll seem heavy. The sausage didn’t stand out. The best part was the mysterious house sauce.
* Bi chay cuon ($6 for 3 rolls,$8 for 4 rolls): Shredded tofu, mushroom, vermicelli, sweet potato strings wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, mint and carrot and a light soy dipping sauce. The roll tasted better (fresher, lighter) than the nem nuong cuon but it didn’t have that special sauce.
4 out of 5 stars
By Lolia S.