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Midnight Sun

Hey folks!

Brand new review coming at you, this time on ‘High Street’ on 11003 – 124 Street is Midnight Sun.  Not exactly on the hip and exciting section of 124 street but it’s there.  I’ve driven by Midnight Sun many many times and always questioned what they offered and the rumour was it’s a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant, usually I get burned coming to these types of restaurants because they say they have Vietnamese food but it’s just spring rolls and the rest is Chinese food.  I called ahead and made sure that wasn’t the case.


I ordered the large ‘Satay Beef Rice Noodle‘ for $10.50, the meal is topped with lots of green onions and some sort of dried or fried flakes.  Within the thick brown gravy-like broth is cucumbers and bean sprouts and…and…I can’t do this!  This meal does not smell appetizing at all.  I gave the noodles a flip and noticed a lot of random chunks and unexplainable particulates throughout the soup and none of it looks or smells appetizing at all.  There is a lot of noodles given and a very generous amount of chewy pre-cooked beef, if you’re willing to eat it.  The broth tastes as bad as it smells, I can’t describe it, I have no idea what I’m eating.  This is the first meal that I can’t finish, I’m gagging just thinking about it.


Broth: 1/5   Portion: 4/5   Overall Taste: 0/5   Value: 3/5

Overall Satisfaction: 1/5


Midnight Sun on Urbanspoon


Saigon Garden

Happy New Year everyone!

First post of 2013 and I’m a little over a week away from my one year anniversary with this blog, every Monday for a full year (minus one Monday) there was a brand new review.  I am very close to having done every Vietnamese restaurant that has Satay Beef Noodle Soup in Edmonton and surrounding area.  Coming up for the first review of the new year, Saigon Garden in Chinatown (9711 107 Ave).  I actually thought I hit every Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown (that has Satay Beef Noodle Soup) but Saigon Garden was closed for renovations and just opened about a month ago.


I ordered the ‘Satay Noodle with Beef‘ for $8.95, the meal is topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, green and white onions, there is a little bit of lettuce in the orangey creamy broth as well. There is a good amount of sliced beef that look roast beef like, a nice cut of beef is used in here. The meal looks really good but unfortunately there’s an overpowering scent to the broth, one that has eluded me for the past, well, year.  I could be off base here, but I believe it’s shrimp paste and Saigon Garden uses a lot of it.  For those that know me, I am not a fan of seafood and this really affects how I perceived this meal.  There is just way too much shrimp paste in this meal, it’s all I taste in this meal.  For some other person, this might be an awesome meal, but unfortunately for me, I’m having a hard time putting this down.  The only other complaint I had about this meal was the noodles were all small strands, made it a bit difficult to pick it up with chopsticks.  So I’m going to add a little disclaimer on this review.  I didn’t enjoy this meal because of the overly shrimp flavor but I’m sure if someone else who enjoys shrimp tried this, they would like this.


Broth: 2.5/5   Portion: 3/5   Overall Taste: 1/5*   Value: 3/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2/5*

*I didn’t enjoy this meal because there’s a lot of shrimp in the broth*

WonderPho_notmyfavouriteSaigon Garden Restaurant & Cafe on Urbanspoon

Pho Xpress

Happy New Year’s Eve people!

All the way in Leduc is the next review and last review of 2012!  Pho Xpress (5411 Discovery Way), situated on the furthest north end of Leduc Common by the Swiss Chalet just in case you’re like me and don’t know your way around the area.


I ordered the ‘Satay Beef Noodle‘ for $10.95.  The food comes out in a shallow but somewhat wide bowl, first impressions was that this I’ve gotten a very small portion, especially for the price.  There’s a little more food than meets the eye, but overall it is still a small portion for the price.  The soup is a cloudy, pale orange colour and is joined with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, onion slices and lots of green onions.  There’s a slight interesting scent to the soup, a kind of sour smell but not too strong.  The flavour is overly plain, there’s just a little smack of savouriness in the soup but overall it is horribly bland.  I have no idea what they use to make dish specifically Satay, but whatever they use it steals the flavour like adding water to soup; the only time there was any taste was when my scoop of soup had onion on it.  I had to add more Sriracha just to get a bit of flavour out of this meal, also, with all that Sriracha I added, the soup wasn’t spicy at all.  There was about an average amount of noodle but it’s a little skimpy on the beef.  Overall, this is quite the disappointment, from the price, the portion and the flavour, this is not a good Satay Beef Noodle Soup.


Broth: 1.5/5   Portion: 1.5/5   Overall Taste: 1/5   Value: 1/5

Overall Satisfaction: 1.5/5


Pho Xpress Ltd on Urbanspoon

CoDo Hue

Hello everybody!

I finally hit up CoDo Hue out on 12819 140 Ave.  This restaurant was an early suggestion but I kept putting it on the backburner since it’s on the complete opposite side of town for me.  Unfortunately, they close on Tuesdays which is inconvenient because I’m usually on the northside for guitar lessons.


“This note here is an G chord, not ‘sound like shit’ chord.”


Here they serve ‘Sate Beef Rice Noodle Soup‘ for $9.95.  When the food comes out, I remember something that someone mentioned on Urbanspoon saying that the cook at CoDo Hue used to be from Trang Tien as well.  For those who are just joining us now, I’m not the biggest fan of the Satay Beef Noodle Soup they make.  The same milky curd-like pieces show up in the meal but this time around they are a lot more dissipated than when I first got it in Trang Tien as Ngu Binh as well.  The soup tastes like standard pho broth with a slight liquorice taste to the soup, could possibly be from using star anise to spice the soup.  After having this similar meal three times, I still can’t put my finger on what the milky curds really are.  There’s a decent amount of el dente rice noodles with the meal and the difference from the other two similar places is that this meal is a notch spicier.  Still not impressed with this version of Satay Beef Noodle Soup.


Broth: 2/5   Portion: 2.5/5   Overall Taste: 2.5/5   Value: 2.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2/5


I’m lazy this week so I’ll use Tard the Grumpy cat to express how I feel about this weeks meal.

CoDo Hue on Urbanspoon

Saigon Cuisine

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Another Monday, another review.  This time I finally finish off the Vietnamese restaurants in Sherwood Park, I went to Saigon Cuisine (221 Chippewa Road).  Now this is going to warrant a comparison to Taste of Vietnam, so let’s see how Saigon Cuisine fares.

I made a mistake of doing my ring of Sriracha in my meal before taking a picture, also, there they don’t give bean sprouts and lime/lemon on the side with the food.  Actually, bean sprouts are already added into the soup as well with cucumbers, some green onions and a couple of slices of tomatoes.  The brownish soup is incredibly thick, it’s like one molecular bond from being gelatin, I haven’t seen a soup be so thick before.  The soup has a slightly savoury beefy flavour with a hint of ginger but nothing to get excited about, it’s not that good.  The meal comes with lots of chewy beef pieces and a very generous amount of noodles.  The liquid to solids ratio weighs heavily on the solids side, very filling meal.


Broth: 1.5/5   Portion: 3/5   Overall Taste: 2/5   Value: 3/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2/5

Saigon Cuisine (Sherwood Park) on Urbanspoon>

Ngu Binh

Hello everybody!

Recommend by someone that I could consider a fan of the blog is Ngu Binh (15620 95 Ave) in the Meadowlark area.  Another hidden, middle of nowhere restaurant, so I’m grateful for this recommendation as I am with all the others.  Keep them coming folks!

Here they serve ‘Sate Beef Rice Noodle Soup‘ for $9.95.  The broth looks like a cloudy frothy version of standard pho broth with a tinge of orange from chili oil.  It’s topped with white and green onion slices and also some of that weird white chunky stuff that I got from Trang Tien, only this time it’s not as much, I’m guessing most of it was already dissipated before it was served to me.  Anyways, after I put the bean sprouts, sriracha and squeeze of lemon in, I let the soup cook the sprouts and the remaining ‘cheese’ eventually dissipates into the soup giving it more of the cloudiness.

The soup tastes like standard pho broth with a slight liquorice taste to the soup, could possibly be from using star anise to spice the soup.  There’s a minimal amount of noodles and fair amount of rare beef slices accompanying the meal.  Overall, there is nothing extraordinary about the meal, it’s an average sized meal and the flavour is nothing to get excited about.


Broth: 2/5   Portion: 2.5/5   Overall Taste: 2.5/5   Value: 2.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2/5

Ngu Binh on Urbanspoon

Quan’s Cafe

Happy Labour Day readers!

Coming up next is Quan’s Cafe (11148-142 Street), this place was suggested by Twitter follower @beedeemyers many months ago.  I’ve been trying to get to place ever since then but since they are only open during lunch hours on weekdays only and close by the time I get off of work, the only chance I had was when I had an afternoon dentist appointment and took half a day off.  One thought I did have about this place was how successful it is if they only open for a few hours on weekdays only.  Time to finally find out!

On the menu is ‘Satay Beef Noodle Soup‘ for $9.95.  The broth is a brownish yellow and is topped with green onions, lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts and whole peanuts which I find to be a pretty minute detail that I like for some reason.  There isn’t much flavour in the soup, very watery tasting with a bit a peanuty taste.  The chewy pre-cooked beef was the only thing that had much flavour.  Overall, the meal is pretty small for the price and the taste was quite underwhelming, I’m a little sad that after all the build up of trying to work things around to get here that this isn’t all that great.


Broth: 1.5/5   Portion: 1.5/5   Overall Taste: 1.5/5   Value: 1.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 1.5/5

Quan's Cafe on Urbanspoon


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  • Onward to 2013! New developments with the blog will happen soon as I am running out of restaurants to review :P #yeg----- 5 years ago
  • Need confirm if these restaurants have Satay beef noodle soup: Fantasia (11765 Jasper) Pho 97 (12913-97 st) Rice Pad (9616-165 ave) #yegfood----- 5 years ago
  • Need confirmation that the following restaurants have Satay Beef Noodle Soup: Thanh Son (11012 107 ave) Midnight Sun (11003-124 st) #yegfood----- 5 years ago