After a canal tour through Leiden, we returned back to The Hague, starving. One of our dearest new friends, Sophie, had a craving for Vietnamese, so we let her pick the place and headed straight there.
If you haven’t heard of it, Little V, is an excellent restaurant tucked away in a tiny square somewhere in Chinatown. Cooking up authentic Vietnamese cuisine, it’s got a large patio, decent prices, and coconuts for drinks. Yes, full sized coconuts.
With the beautiful summer weather we had been experiencing, we ditched the cool interior for a seat on the patio, and ordered a few drinks.
While I made my way through the mocktail list, filled with mint mojitos, raspberry concoctions, and lots of passion fruit.
Waiting for a few stragglers to role in, we selected a round of appetizers to share, ordering the “surprising selection of 4 dishes”.
Waiting with anticipation, we were rewarded with a wide selection of spring rolls and lettuce wraps for dunking, vermicelli & cilantro for wrapping, and one or two handfuls of coconut crisps.
The mixture of sweet, salty, and spicy was the perfect start to curb our hunger and get our mouths salivating.
Easily large enough for the four of us to share, we happily chowed down.
Now, this was one of my first times experiencing Vietnamese cuisine so I was a little nervous. But luckily, Sophie guided me through the best dishes, the appropriate sauces, and the proper techniques.
After her useful advice, we decided to order a round of mains to share, and left it to the expert to select.
While we ordered another round of delicious drinks.
In no time, a feast was laid before us.
With bowls and platters of competing flavours and textures. Including:
Ca Kho To: seabass in a sweet caramel sauce. One of the best dishes of the night. And, Cai Xao: Stir-fried seasonal vegetables with tahoe.
Grilled pork skewers with a peanut glaze.
Bahn Xeo: a crispy coconut milk pancake, stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp, grilled pork, and lettuce. Another crowd favourite.
Bun Thit Nuong: Grilled chicken cutlet and beef, with vermicelli, spring rolls, vegetables, and fish sauce.
And finally, a generous helping of stir fried rice.
Perfectly selected, we shared everything family style, placing the dishes in the centre and reaching back and forth to fill up our plates over and over again.
By the end, not a scrap was left as we devoured every last noodle, skewer, and piece of pancake with pleasure.
Of course, based on the exceptional dishes and our tasty drinks, a few of us (me included) decided that dessert was a necessity.
And as predicted, the cheesecake & chocolate parfait did not disappoint.
Utterly stuffed, I left the restaurant with my eyes opened to a whole new world of food!
Check out Little V’s menu here (closed Monday’s).