Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
This tiny, family-run breakfast and lunch spot opened four years ago in a section of East Oakland that’s set far enough off the main drag of Southeast Asian eateries on International Boulevard to feel like a still-undiscovered secret —despite the fact that on weekends the line often stretches out the door. There’s no pho here; instead, lesser-known noodle soups like the restaurant’s signature bun mam — rice vermicelli served in a rich, clean-tasting soup made by slow-simmering pork and chicken bones, then infusing the broth with fermented mudfish — play the starring role. This is home-style food prepared the way that a skilled Vietnamese home cook would make it — the broken rice plates are pure comfort food if you grew up eating that kind of thing. Meanwhile, adventurous eaters should seek out the restaurant’s funk-laden, offal-heavy weekend specials.
Payment Type: Cash only