Viet-Thai in downtown Lowell is one of our favorite restaurants. We love eating there for dinner and getting take out when we are lazy. Our favorite dishes includes the Vietnamese pho noodle soup, fresh goi cuon rolls, basil fried rice and their version of the Mee Ka thung/Lhat Na wide rice noodles with thick oyster and garlic sauce gravy.
It's probably a good thing that the lunch buffet at Viet-Thai is only offered on the weekdays, otherwise, the Mo and I would probably go there all the time. We get a chance to go for the delicious and CHEAP on holidays when we both have time off work.
The VERY affordable lunch buffet is $ 7.95 a person and offers many appetizers, noodles, soups and both Vietnamese and Thai authentic dishes. It is very popular with the Vietnamese and Cambodian community in the Lowell area.
|Viet Thai Restaurant Lowell Lunch Buffet $ 7.95|
|Viet Thai goi cuon fresh spring roll|
There is usually one chicken tom yum soup and another clear broth soup. My favorite is when they do the meatball soup with Asian vegetables. It's reminiscence of my mother's somlaw. Today they only had the tom yum and a clear vegetable soup.
|Viet Thai Restaurant Tom Yum Soup|
There are many appetizers including Vietnamese egg rolls, crab rangoon, and chicken fingers. They have the best regular chicken wings. It's perfectly seasoned and battered. Many of our friends and relatives actually order the wings by the tray for parties.
|Viet Thai appetizers|
|Viet Thai Lowell Pad Thai|
|Viet Thai fried rice and lo mein|
|Vegetarian Tofu at Viet Thai Lowell|
|Vegetarian string beans at Viet Thai Lowell|
Being a Vietnamese restaurant, there is always a rotating menu if Vietnamese specialties. One of my childhood favorites is the braised pork and eggs in caramel which the Cambodians refer to as "Kar chroouk" but I believe the Vietnamese name is "Thit Heo Kho Trung." This is one of the few dishes that I've never tried to make and just saved it for my mom to cook or just eat it when it's available at the buffet.
|Viet Thai Restaurant Thit Heo Kho Trung Braised pork and egg caramel stew|
|Viet Thai Ga Kho Gung chicken dish|
|pad king nuer at Viet Thai buffet|
If you don't like Thai or Vietnamese food, there are also some safe bets that are similar to Chinese food. There is also Viet Thai's version of General Tso / General Gau chicken. It is heavily battered and coated with a sweet and sour sauce.
|Viet Thai general gau chicken lunch buffet|
|Chicken and broccoli|
|Viet Thai desserts at weekday lunch buffet|
* 5/28 /15-Update$$ -restaurant has just been renovated and price of buffet has gone up to $8.50