If you live in Orange County, CA and you like Vietnamese Cuisine, chances are you’ve dined at Brodard Restaurant, home of the famous Nem Nuong (Spring Roll). This popular eatery is busy all the time. Come during peak hours, you can expect a long wait. Even on a Sunday afternoon around 4:00pm, the restaurant was 80% full!
The giant 8-Stallion painting on the wall is very impressive, as the huge decorative tree branches on the other end.
You can see every single table ordering this flagship appetizer – Nem Nuong Cuon (Pork Spring Roll). I love the way they are made without noodle inside. I can eat 4 of these as a meal. Since I ordered an entree, I only ate 1/2 a roll and took home the left over for next day.
I had #11 (in Bun/Vermicilli section) – Bun Cha Gio, Tom, Thit Nuong with crispy egg rolls, grilled shrimp, BBQ pork over vermicelli served with Asian greens, crushed peanuts, roasted shallot, and lime chili sauce. I didn’t think I would be able to finish it but I did! It was delicious that I kept eating bite after bite. The shrimp, the BBQ pork, and the egg rolls were all perfectly seasoned and cooked. The lime chili sauce had a kick to it but was not overpowering. This dish was light and yet hearty.
Allen ordered his favorite – Shaken Beef (AKA Bo Luc Lac). Here it’s made a little saucier than others. I like that the meat is ‘pure’ and not tenderized with baking soda. The fried rice was made with ketchup. You can also get it with just steam rice. The dish was colorful as well as flavorful. It came with a side salad also.
I also tried their Sour Apple Slush. It was perfect with my meal, not to tart and not too sweet.
The menu is quite extensive. When I first visited the restaurant, I was so overwhelmed by it. You can come here everyday to eat for a couple of months and not eat the same thing twice. The best thing about Asian dining is that it’s very inexpensive. Average price for each dish only costs around $8.00. What are you going to have for dinner tonight?
9892 Westminster Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92844