Asakusa : Vietnamese cuisine bistro “Authentic”

Pigs ear and colorful sausage nikogori, Authentic (Asakusa) Tokyo
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Dinner party at the hidden underground street

A friend of mine asked me to have dinner with them at Vietnamese cuisine restaurant that named Authentic at Asakusa last Friday.
I have eaten vietnamese cuisine for the first time.
And also this was the first time to go to Asakusa Underground Street.

Asakusa Underground Street, it was so a nostalgic atmosphere 🙂

Shops name, Authentic (Asakusa)


Signboard, Authentic (Asakusa)
There were about only 10 chairs. Only counter table in the restaurant and there
were a plastic table and some chair in front of the restaurant.
It looked like street stall 😀

We ordered “Today’s special course”. 13 dishes came one after another timely.

Well, let’s start 😀

Summer rolls with homemade peanuts and miso sauce (生春巻き自家製ピーナッツみそだれで)

Summer rolls with homemade peanuts and miso sauce, Authentic (Asakusa)


There were vegetables fully in it. Shrimps, too. Peanuts and miso sauce was not too sweet and it went with summer rolls well.

Chef’s special, spring roll (シェフ特製あげ春巻き)

Chefs special spring roll, Authentic (Asakusa)


It had a crisp skin. Vegetables had strong smell 😛

Pigs ear and colorful sausage nikogori (豚耳の煮こごりカラフルソーセージ)

Pigs ear and colorful sausage nikogori, Authentic (Asakusa)


Pig’s ear had crunchy texture and good. But pig’s ear is associated with Okinawa cuisine.

Coriander and pineapple salads (香菜サラダ&パイナップルサラダ)

Coriander and pineapple salads, Authentic (Asakusa)


This was simple:D Pineapple was sweet 🙂

Goi Ga (Steamed chickens and cabbages salads, ゴイ・ガー)

Goi ga, Authentic (Asakusa)


It looked like coleslaw 🙂 It was hot just a bit.

Sakura shrimps and sweet potatos Tempura – Vietnamese-style (桜海老とさつまいもの天ぷらベトナムスタイル)

Sakur ashrimps and sweet potatos tempura -vietnam style, Authentic (Asakusa)


It was mild, but also it was spicy because of coriander.

*Canh chua(Famouse soup from Southern part of Vietnam, チャー・カー)

Canh chua, Authentic (Asakusa)


It had pineapple in it. It was sweet, but its sweetness was good in terms of the balance with coriandar.

Fried Chinese Kale (Vietnamese-style, カイラン菜炒め)

Fried Chinese kale, Authentic (Asakusa)


It choked me a bit. It was hot just a little. My throat was irritated by it.
But it was tasty none the less for its irritation.

Cha Ca (Catfish which is marinated, grilled on charcoal, and then fried in oil from Hanoi, チャー・カー)

Noodles of Cha ca, Authentic (Asakusa)



Ingredients, Authentic (Asakusa)


Setting ingredients on noodles.

Ready to eat, Authentic (Asakusa)


It had much oil, but noodles was light, so it was good 😀
I didn’t know what is catfish. But it was soft and thick.
I searched on the internet later and I found that catfish is “Namazu” in Japanese.
It is more pleasing to the ear than “Catfish” 🙁
I had eaten Namazu before I noticed it :O Of course, this was the first time to eat Namazu!
Still it was good 🙂

Fried Satsuma-Kojundori chickens with lemongrass and chili (さつま香潤鶏のレモングラス地理炒め)

Fried Satsuma-Kojundori chickens with lemongrass and chili, Authentic (Asakusa)


Chickens had springly texture 😀
I imagined it was spicy because of its name, but I didn’t feel spicy at all.

Pho bò(Beefmeats pho, フォー・ボー)

Pho bo, Authentic (Asakusa)


Why pho has such a attractive taste ? 😀
But it had little soup left 🙁
Probably pho noodles absorbed almost all soup 🙁

Minced meat with lemongrass on the rice (豚ひき肉のレモングラスそぼろごはん)

Minced meat with lemongrass on the rice, Authentic (Asakusa)


This was really good.
It was spicy and sour and smell of lemongrass.
Eating rice make me feel relax 🙂

Cold Mango Che (冷たいマンゴーのチェー)

Cold mango che, Authentic (Asakusa)


As dessert. I wanted to eat warm banana with tapioca pearls Che,too.
But everyone except me selected this cold one, so I decided to select it, too.
Mango was really good and after eating it, I felt very cool.

Asakusa underground street is really hot in this season. And the restaurant doesn’t have air-conditioner. Only an electric fan!

Suddenly I have felt good at my throat and nose. Thanks to typhoon !?
I had sufferd from pollen of dactylis glomerata very badly this year 🙁

About Authentic (オーセンティック)

Address / 1-1-12, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Station / Asakusa station (Tokyo metro, Toei subway)
Open / 18:00 – 22:00
Closed / Mondays (in case of national holidays, it is open and the next day is closed)
Website / Japanese only)



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