Porkbelly again, This past month I went to LA/SF on a business trip. Immediately after landing at LAX, I called my friend and asked him “where are we eating ?” His response, “Brodard.” Located in Garden Grove, Brodard is minutes away from the heart of the Vietnamese population in SoCal, Westminster.
Brodard Chateau is located in the Mall of Fortune, they are a few restaurants in here
Such as a Boston favorite (not ours)….dunno if it’s the same or if they just have the same name
They have take out and sell various teas, deserts and Chè
This location is very spacious and always packed
Like any Vietnamese person, I had to order a cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese Iced Coffee) I finished this in 4 sips, they went crazy with the ice, order this with no ice if you can……
Brodard is known for their Nem Nướng Cuốn, Nem Nướng is a Vietnamese Pork Sausage, It’s rolled up in a rice wrapper, and has a fried egg roll wrapper in the center. It is typically eaten with Tương Chấm, the dipping sauce.
One order comes with three
I could eat a million of these…….
The Fried Egg Roll wrapper in the middle gives it an awesome crunch!
No Nem Nướng Cuốn is complete without the sauce. The Tương Chấm has a nice sweet note that complements the Nem Nướng Cuốn nicely.
I ate with a friend and his family so I didn’t want to intrude by taking pictures of their dishes…… I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of my dish…..
My friend ordered Bánh Khọt
A Crispy rice-flour cake filled with shrimp & scallion, served with Asian greens & fish sauce. My mom used to make this when I was a child, I can eat a million of these also…….
No Vietnamese dish is complete without some sort of sauce…. You always need some nước mắm
Overall it’s a pretty good Vietnamese Joint, the Nem Nướng Cuốn is to die for, if I went back that is all I would order.
Post lunch we went to Afters, a desert place known for their Ice Cream Milky buns, pretty much a glazed donut bun ice cream sandwich. It was a 10min drive away from Brodard.
In typical Cali fashion, there was a line….
Our first glimpse at the Buns…
What they use to keep the line in place, certainly saves space! The boxes were all full.
They were nice and warm….
You can sample any flavor…
The assortment of toppings
I got the Mint Monster, taste exactly like a hot glazed donut with ice cream in the middle…. Heavenly. It was super awesome because the milky bun was still warm….
My buddy got the Vanilla, you can’t go wrong with that
Overall, Afters is a good desert spot if you want something simple and can stand the line.
AFTERS Handcrafted Ice Cream
18030 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708