Bun rieu. Photo courtesy Soup Junkie.
Braised pork bun. Photo courtesy Soup Junkie.
Well, this is exciting: after the success of their wonderful noodle soup pop-up, ~SOUP JUNKIE~ has found a brick-and-mortar location on Market Street in the Financial District. They will be replacing the former ~OISHII CAFE~ space at 388 Market Street, serving breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday. The opening is slated for Monday June 18th, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your paws on this stuff.
Hung Lam will be serving his excellent Vietnamese soups, including his signature bun rieu, which boasts a six-hour tomato and crab stock with a tender crab omelet, housemade pork meatballs, vermicelli rice noodles, spinach, and herbs. Yeah, it’s beautiful to behold, and, yeah, you should check it out. There will also be his usual exceptional renditions of beef and vegetarian pho, and Cantonese-style wonton soup with pork and shrimp filling. Oh, and if you weren’t sold already, that also comes with chicken, braised pork, and pork cracklings. There will be additional, non-soup vittles like Vietnamese crepes, braised pork sandwiches, and imperial rolls. And that’s not all, Lam says: “I’m also working a few new dishes that I plan to include as weekly specials such as rice bowls, dry noodle bowls, [and a] vegetarian dish with housemade vegetarian ‘fish’ sauce.”
For breakfast, you can look forward to pastries from Belinda Leong of b. patisserie and Gillian Shaw of Black Jet Baking Company and coffee from Bicycle Coffee Co. There will also be a Vietnamese iced coffee made from a custom blend that Lam’s mother and uncle created years ago. How adorable is that? Open Mon-Fri 7am-2:30pm. 388 Market St. at Fremont.