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December 13, 2019

Way back in October, we mentioned that Little Hoi An was setting up shop in the Southside.

The former pop-up is now open and trading on Allison Street.

Your blogger had his honeymoon in Vietnam and, nearly a decade later, we still have fond memories of a squid stuffed with pork mince and herbs that we ate in Hoi An.

Mince-stuffed squid doesn't seem to be on the menu at Little Hoi An in Strathbungo but there are plenty of other options that will brighten a cold, winter day.

The menu is split into small plates, wok-fried noodle dishes, a selection of coconut and lemongrass curries plus a choice of pho.

Get your pho on

Pho at Little Hoi An.

Pho at Little Hoi An. Pic: Facebook.

If you haven't come across pho - pronounced fuh - it is the national dish of Vietnam and it is served from breakfast to dinner in that gorgeous country.

Essentially, it is a broth-based noodle dish which diners can customise with handfuls of herbs, chilli and lime.

At Little Hoi An, their slow-cooked, six hour broth is made from beef bone marrow and chicken bones topped with spices, veg, mint, lime and noodles.

Choose between beef, prawn, chicken or a tofu and veggie version which is made with veggie broth.

The rice dishes are made with broken rice topped with pickled veg and a fried egg. This can be ordered with lemongrass chicken or sticky pork in a honey and soy sauce.

The small plates are ideal for grazing. We would happily dive into a bucket of crispy spring rolls or lemongrass chicken wings.

The salt and chilli tofu could also find a happy home in our belly.

Little Hoi An is BYOB and the Wee Beer Shop is just around the corner.

Just the ticket for anyone who woke up feeling a little bruised this morning.