NJ Dining: Binh Duong (UPDATED)


Binh Duong
East West Shopping Plaza
61 1/2 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield NJ 07003
(973 )680-8440/8441

There has been a recent resurgence of Vietnamese restaurants in Northern NJ, with the re-opening of “Little Saigon” in Bloomfield as Huong Viet. Recently, another local favorite, Binh Duong, also did some minor renovations and I’d like to report that this tiny restaurant’s food and service is as excellent as it ever was.

Binh Duong, which is named for one of the southernmost provinces of the country, is a little hole-in-the-wall traditional Vietnamese restaurant with huge menu. They’ve got every variety of noodle soup imaginable which go great with the type of beat-you-to-death weather we’ve been having. The service is great, and they’re also dirt cheap.

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Binh Duong Storefront in the East/West Shopping Plaza in Bloomfield (August 2007).

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Binh Duong is a very cozy Vietnamese restaurant with a devoted customer following. The restaurant has excellent service, but don’t bring a group of more than four people here as quarters can get very tight. Also, if you sit towards the front of the restaurant in the wintertime, you’ll be hit with an arctic blast whenever someone opens the front door. But don’t let this deter you from dining here.

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Shrimp Salad with Green Papaya, a great way to start off a meal. (2007)

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Summer Rolls, or Goi Cuon. These are rice paper wrappers filled with shrimp, pork, basil, noodles, chives and accompanied by a peanut/hoisin/fish sauce dip. (2007)

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Miniature spring rolls or Cha Gio.

Cha Gio (2010)

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Shrimp and Pork Salad (2007)

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Sauteed Beef Cube Salad (2007)

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Pho Tai, Saigon beef broth soup with rice noodles and rare beef slices. Great in summer and as a winter pick-me-up, it’s the national dish of Vietnam for very good reason. Served with fresh limes, herbs and sprouts, I like to add a little bit of Hoisin and Sriracha chili sauce to it to kick it up somewhat. (2007)

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Herb condiments for Pho: Sawtooth (Also known as Recao or Culantro), Asian Basil, Coriander, Sprouts, Lime, fresh chiles (2007)

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This is a spicy crab noodle soup. Also very good. (2007)

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Bun Bo Hue, a spicy noodle soup from the central Hue province. If you got nasal congestion of any kind, this will fix that up real quick. (2007)

Fried Squid. A great appetizer. (2010)

Curry Mussels (2010)

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Asparagus Soup with Crab. A nice small soup if you don’t want to commit to one of the big ones above. (2007)

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Sauteed Lemongrass Tofu with Peppers and Onion (2007)

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Shrimp Fried Rice (2007)

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Quail Appetizer (2007)

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Grilled Pork with Rice Noodles (2007)

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The pieces of grilled pork are wrapped up in bundles of rice noodle and herbs. (2007)

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Sauteed Pork with Preserved Vegetables (2007)

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Sauteed Pork with Preserved Vegetables (2007)

Chicken Curry (2010)

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Curry with Pork and Cellophane Noodles (2007)

Beef Rolls (2010)

Sauteed Water Spinach with Garlic (2010)

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Ginger Chicken (2007)

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Corn Pudding Dessert (2007)

14 Responses to NJ Dining: Binh Duong (UPDATED)

  1. jpr54_ says:

    My son and I always enjoy our meals here

  2. Anthony A says:

    I enjoy the Vietnamese cuisine plays with the flavor spectrum, but haven eaten here once, I found the quality of some of the produce used in some of the dishes to be a little weak.

    I think some of the pictures bear this out.

  3. Freestyle says:

    Have a link to their menu?

    Do they serve Vietnamese sandwiches?

  4. Wintersway says:

    Thanks for this post! Binh Duong is wonderful. My daughter and I ate so much we could barley drive home! I told the owner that I saw his restaurant featured on this blog. He was quite excited and asked me for the site’s addy. Anyhoo, great place to eat and a great blog!

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  6. John says:

    I was initially extremely satisfied with the food for quality and quantity. As of late, the portions are about half the size they used to be, which sadly has reduced my interest in revisiting Binh Duong.

  7. Outstanding pictures and just a fantastic post. You got 22 different dishes here using 24 photos. Well, I found this and went for myself. The manager Sam was very nice as was the entire staff. I had the Pho Bo Vien (beef noodle soup – small) and Banh Xeo (fried batter surrounding been sprouts, chicken, and shrimp). My kids each had Com Suong Nuong (rice with pork chops). I had one incredible Vietnamese Ice Coffee with milk – called Cafe Sua Da. Highly recommmended. My question to you Jason is… did you get to eat all that stuff? Cheers – Mal

  8. Manhattan: Binh Duong is one of our favorite Vietnamese places, so these pictures represent a lot of visits over the years.

  9. Mal Milligan says:

    Went to Binh Duong again today and we had a great feast. Almost a year since my last comment… Your photos are absolutely super. We had the fried squid appetizer and it was fantastic (Muc Chien Don). Regards -

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  12. Fredknows says:

    We ate at Binh Duong in Bloomfield yesterday after being basically discouraged and turned away from Huong Viet in Nutley.

    We enjoyed the meal a lot and the owner was absolutely and unconditionally accommodating to our dietary needs as to add this in and leave this out that we were allergic to. The food was excellent and the prices very reasonable as you promised. Negatives: Less than comfortable dining room, cold air and later cigarette smoke from outside came in every time the door opened. And it opened often, many customers coming in and lots of take out orders. Also some nice ethnic food establishments including a Filipino bakery in the same small shopping center.

    At Huong Viet we were told by the owner that most of the food had MSG in it (BEWARE) but we could be accommodated. Later after we sat down and tried to order, we were told the MSG was used as in the marinade for the chicken and was in most everything and we were encouraged to leave as we really could NOT be accommodated according to the server. (:

    So my vote goes to Binh Duong and a Bronx strawberry to Huong Viet

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