Inside the chest of Anh Bui beats the heart of a true-blue chef, a woman who can only be happy if her hands are plunged deep into noodles or her fingers are nimbly snipping herbs. According to Bui’s extended family, they’re long past the financial obligation to run the small but mighty strip-mall restaurant in Brooklyn Park. Instead, it’s their matriarch’s one living plea that MT Noodles remains open, so she may cook as long as she’s able. We should feel grateful they’re honoring her wishes. Here you will find some of the finest pho and banh mi, but also less common and more complex preparations like a homestyle broken rice dish of grilled marinated pork, shredded barbecue pork, steamed egg loaf, Chinese sausage, and shrimp in a crispy beancurd wrap. That’s all in one dish, and it’s a dish for which true enthusiasts of Vietnamese food will trek across town. Also try shrimp cakes pretty as decorated pastries, and egg noodle soup with a side of fried chicken.
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