Another special, mien mang vit, is a soup made with duck, clear (a.k.a glass) noodles and bamboo shoots. Dao Tien's rendition was a triumph despite the fact that the kitchen had run out of duck and had to substitute chicken. The broth is more deeply flavored than your mom's homemade chicken soup even before you goose your bowlful with basil, culantro (much like cilantro, only stronger), sliced jalapeños and chile sauce. Duck would only make it better.

On this cold evening, the ribs and the soup are more than enough to send me home warm and happy, but as a friend and I prepare to leave, Diane Dinh calls out from the kitchen to our server, who in turn asks us to stay: Dinh wants us to try a dessert. This is che chuoi: bits of banana roasted until soft and very sweet, served in a thick sauce of condensed milk with salt and chopped peanuts.

Inside Dao Tien.
Jennifer Silverberg
Inside Dao Tien.

Location Info


Dao Tien Vietnamese Bistro

8600 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63132

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Olivette/ Overland

8600 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6960.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Closed Wed.)

It's only three or four bites, a refreshing antidote to the portions most restaurants serve (because most of us expect them to): simple and homey and a perfect nutshell metaphor for Dao Tien.

« Previous Page