Viet Fortune Puts the Fortune in Vietnamese Cuisine

Viet Fortune offers many healthy, flavorful Vietnamese dishes at affordable prices. Visitors can enjoy a large Pho bowl and a side of two summer rolls for $13.

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Tsion Sisay

A bowl of Pho from Viet Fortune

Recently, I visited Viet Fortune, a Vietnamese restaurant,  and experienced a different culture through its food. Some may not be familiar with Vietnamese cuisine but it offers healthy and tasty dishes that many can enjoy.

First stepping into the restaurant, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Nevertheless, the environment was inviting and gave off a warm, welcoming feeling. There were many people in the restaurant, just like me, wanting to explore a new cuisine and learn parts of the culture through the food. I was eager to try what many had recommended me, Pho, the staple dish of Vietnamese cuisine.

Pho is made with bone-beef broth, Banh Pho noodles (rice noodles), and thinly sliced beef with fresh herbs and vegetables served on the side. There are many variations of Pho including Pho Nam originating in southern Vietnam and Pho Bac (known as the original Pho) originating in northern Vietnam. Many eat this dish with sriracha or other spices to give it a little heat and enhance its natural flavors.

Not knowing what to expect, this dish took me out of my comfort zone and gave me a wider palette. I typically enjoy eating spicy food as it is what I’m accustomed to through the food of my culture, but this dish contrasts that. The dish was filled with green herbs, had a strong beefy broth and was light to eat. The price for the dish was reasonable at $7.95 for a small and $8.95 large size bowl. I would recommend this dish for someone who wants to take a healthier approach to what they eat but also wants to get out of their comfort zone and try a cultural dish.

Before going to the restaurant, I knew the one thing I wanted to try was Pho as it is something I was told everyone must try when going to a Vietnamese restaurant, but there was something else that caught my eye. There were many types of rolls the restaurant had offered as appetizers. I tried the summer roll called Dau Hu Chien Dac Biet.

This dish is made of rice paper to give it its translucent appearance and rubbery texture. The fillings of summer rolls can vary depending on how one wants to make it. The fillings can include pork slices, shrimp, beef, tofu, and eggs but the roll pictured here is Viet Fortune’s vegetarian version of the dish. This type of summer roll includes basil, cilantro, rice vermicelli (thin rice noodles), mint and other various herbs and vegetables. The sauce seen served next to the summer rolls is the hoisin sauce called Tuong Xao. It is fermented bean paste from soybeans that is mixed with coconut water, garlic, sugar and is sprinkled with some chili powder and ground peanuts.

I had come to love this dish and couldn’t see why anyone else wouldn’t like it too. The summer roll itself is packed with a punch of savory and natural flavors that are irresistible. The hoisin sauce added some sweetness to the already great dish and left me overall satisfied. The two medium-large rolls with the sauce cost $3.75 and overall made this cultural dish affordable to try.

As this was my first time eating Vietnamese food, I can say I enjoyed the food and the environment of the restaurant. The food was light and healthy but packed a punch of flavor and didn’t disappoint. I would recommend this restaurant or type of food for those that are vegetarian or simply prefer to eat light and plant-based meals.

If anyone is interested in trying Vietnamese food, head to Viet Fortune in Woodbridge to try all the amazing dishes that are awaiting.

Viet Fortune, vietfortune.com

2701 Neabsco Common Place

Woodbridge