The days are getting darker and the weather is getting colder; it’s that time of year where we could all do with a boost.  Vietnamese food is famed for being one of the healthiest cuisines in the world and often utilises fresh, healthy and nutritious ingredients that help to get the immune system in gear.  I can’t get enough of Vietnamese cuisine and although I’ve never visited the country, the food alone is seriously making me desperate to visit.  Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to fly out to the other side of the world to get an authentic taste of Vietnam.

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The Moc Kitchen is a small, family run restaurant that serves a colourful array of traditional Vietnamese dishes, hidden away under the arches in Charing Cross.  From pho to fresh spring rolls,  the team of Vietnamese chefs have created a delicious menu of authentic dishes.  ‘Moc’ means welcome in Vietnamese and that is exactly how you are made to feel from the second that you walk in.
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The freshly squeezed passion fruit juice is simply divine (left), there’s little wonder why it’s a best seller, it’s refreshing, sweet and healthy.  It’s a real pick-me-up.   You must try it.

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Starter : Lotus Stem and Prawn Salad

The lotus stem and prawn salad is not to be missed. It contains juicy prawns tossed with crisp and crunchy lotus stem, carrot, fresh herbs, peanut and our special dressing. Lotus stem is loaded with calcium and iron and is a real superfood.

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Starter (left) : Hot “La Lot” Rolls

Lean and juicy beef infused with lemongrass and wrapped in a Vietnamese wild betel leaf.

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Main : Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle soup) and Bun Ca (tomato fish noodle soup) 

Next it was time for a warming big bowl of Vietnam’s most famous dish, pho.  You can garnish it to your liking with fresh lime, chilly, bean sprouts and fresh mint and coriander leaves.  I like to add a bit of everything to mine.

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If you are looking for a real taste of Vietnam then I highly recommend visiting Moc Kitchen for a lunch or dinner date or even just a cheeky (albeit healthy) takeaway.  The food is very reasonably priced and the staff are incredibly welcoming, just as its name suggests.


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