So today I decided to make it my mission to find a place I have never eaten before. This wasn’t too hard since I don’t eat out too often but to make it more challenging I also wanted to find a Vietnamese place in Langley. I googled for a few minutes and found C & U Vietnamese and Cambodian Restaurant and gave them a quick call to put in an order for pick up. It’s located at 110-19665 Willowbrook dr, Langley BC, right behind the mall in the same plaza as Pasta Polo.
Since I didn’t have a menu on me, and couldn’t find one online I made the assumption that I could simply order a “vermicelli noodle bowl with spring rolls”. Well, apparently it’s not that easy and the phone call turned into a big confusing mess. By the end I had NO idea what I had actually ordered except that it had chicken and maybe noodles, I also said no to spring rolls simply because I just wanted to get off the phone.
I drove up to the restaurant and walked in to find a half full restaurant that was very clean and welcoming. I wouldn’t call it fancy by any means and perhaps a little dark but overall a good atmosphere. The girl was really friendly and let me know there was sauce included and I needed to add it to my food and mix well. I picked up a take-out menu, my food and brought it back to work.
The container of food was filled to the brim and so far looked very promising. It pretty much resembled a vermicelli noodle bowl so clearly she understood the naïve girl talk over the phone. The sauce was just a type of fish sauce which disappointed me a little because I really like to add hoison and hot sauce to my food but I added the fish sauce anyway and started mixing. Co-workers were commenting on how good it looked and how much food it was. One person challenged me to eat the entire thing and I gladly accepted!
The first bite I took was a bunch of noodles, chicken, and lettuce and it was actually really good. The chicken was well done, had a good flavour and there was a slight peanut taste. The lettuce unfortunately was already starting to wilt and get soggy. I mixed it up a little more and noticed that there was an awful lot of lettuce, no cucumber and as far as I could tell no mint or cilantro. I also don’t remember ever having green and red pepper either but that actually wasn’t bad at all.
On top of the take out container there was a 25 written so I took a look at the menu and saw that what I ordered was Vietnamese Salad with sliced grilled chicken. So I did get what I ordered but what I really meant was 25*, the star indicates a Vietnamese salad with cucumber, mint and spring rolls. Well, now I know for next time and that is also why I confused the poor girl on the phone. She kept mentioning a star and I had no idea what she was talking about.
Overall I am very happy with the food, but I would definitely pay the extra to get the added ingredients as it just wasn’t the same without the cucumber and mint. I also wished they had a Bahn Mi sandwich as well but unfortunately they don’t have any sandwiches at all. The restaurant is also supposed to be Cambodian. Now I am no expert on Cambodian food at all but as far as I can see, based on the menu it has one 3 Cambodian dishes and is mainly Vietnamese. Regardless, I will probably go back and try the star version! By the way, I did end up finishing the entire meal!