It’s been a while since we had Vietnamese cuisine and we were looking for a place to eat in Brooklyn before an errand when we saw Hanco’s a casual Vietnamese eatery that serves bubble tea, pho and banh mi. Empty at first, it started to get busy especially with a young crowd attracted by not only the food but also the price. This is a casual place, so you order at the counter and then your number is called in the back, where you will get your tray and can sit either in the front or in the small upstairs dining room. I was not so interested in the bubble tea that is a bit gimmicky and hesitated between a Thai iced tea and a Vietnamese coffee, both containing condensed milk. I went for the latter that was good, delightfully sweet. What was good about the place was that there were several vegetarian choices like the tofu vermicelli salad, that had rice vermicelli, cucumber, lettuce, mint leaves and roasted peanuts, or as an appetizer, the tofu rolls made with lettuce, mint leaves, rice vermicelli and tofu wrapped in rice paper. But we both thought it was a bit bland, but fortunately, they have some hoisin sauce to add some taste. Still, it was a bit boring. My classic banh mi was a bit better but not the best you can find. Made with pate, Vietnamese ham and roasted ground pork stuffed in a toasted French baguette with mayonnaise, butter, cucumber, carrot, daikon and very little cilantro, it was uneven, some parts having much more vegetables than others.
So Hanco’s did not wow me at all and was even a bit disappointing. For a banh mi, I’d rather go to Banh Mi Saigon that has a much better one.
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Hanco’s - 147 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201