Vietnamese lunch @ BÊP

Address: G/f, 88-90 Wellington St., Central. 

Website: http://www.bep.hk

When: Nov 2015

Vietnamese food has always been one of the top choices amongst Hong-Kongers. Fresh and full of flavour, Vietnamese cuisine is the perfect cure for the sauna-like weather here.

Formerly Nha Trang and rebranded as BÊP, the quality and standard of food is just as good. It is a Walk-in only kinda place, so be prepared for long queues at lunchtime and arrive early!

BÊP offers very affordable lunch sets at below HK$100, with a starter and noodle dish. More variety is found on the à-la-carte menu at a similar HK$70-150 range, where portions of rolls and sides are bigger.

Me and my friend shared a salad and summer rolls, and both had a bowl of cold vietnamese rice vermicelli (Bun) with grilled prawns.

Goi buoi: Pomelo salad with grilled prawns, apple, cucumber, shallots, cashew nuts and a citrus dressing

 

Bêp-2

The prawns were lightly fried in coconut oil that gave a slight sweetness and brought out the prawn flavours. The pomelo shards were cut into small pieces.  Just ripe with a slight sweetness, along with  apple slices and  a citrus dressing, makes a very bright and refreshing salad.

Cua Lot Cuon: softshell crab rolls with cucumber, fresh mint and napa slaw (Pic above)

The Softshell crab was not too greasy and fried in a light batter. The Mint and slaw added crunch and helped offset the grease. Rice roll wraps were a bit sticky and chewy, but otherwise a good roll.

Bun Tom: rice vermicelli with grilled lemongrass prawn, braised shrimp and pork.

Bêp-1

Prawns were cooked the same way as the salad and adds a nice crunch to a otherwise boring vermicelli. The lemongrass flavour didn’t really come through, but the prawns had a nice char and were not overcooked (slightly translucent). The Asian Greens also add a much  needed contrast in texture. The Dressing or sauce can be customised using a vietnamese fish sauce mix or with other condiments offered on the table.

Verdict:

Service was ok, but a bit rushed. BÊP is considered more as a cafe or casual dining space, where such level of service is exceptable. Preparation of orders was also very quick, making this café a convenient stop for a busy office crowd.

Food was good; at very affordable prices. An eatery for light meals or lunch and a perfect spot for Hong Kong’s summer heat.

Author: foodiejem

Yum Critic that currently resides in Hong Kong. Frequent traveller and foodie that also enjoys sampling dishes from the far reaches of the world!

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