In May 2017, a slice of Vietnam opened in Sheung Wan's sleepy Kau U Fong when Three Monkeys co-founder Brian Woo introduced the recipes of Ho Chi Minh City's Nguyen Thi Thanh, aka ‘The Lunch Lady’, after a three-year-long apprenticeship at her street food stall—the latter made famous by an appearance on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.
Now, Cô Thành is leaving behind its spartan home of the past five years and migrating to altogether more polished surroundings with a move to Pacific Place. The new location spans 2,100 feet with space for 100 diners, spread over different dining areas and a seated bar. To match the expanded environs, the kitchen team has injected more variety into the food and drink offerings.
Joining signature soup noodles like the Phở Bò, Bún Bò Huế and Bún Thái is the Bún Mắm, a gumbo that is made with five types of fermented fish and shrimp paste; and the Bánh Mì Truyền Thống, which sandwiches pork charcuterie, pate and fresh herbs between two halves of a baguette. Other new dishes include the Bún Bò Lá Lốt and Bún Mỡ Chài, both noodle salads that feature betel leaf beef rolls and caul-wrapped pork sausages. Diners can also expect new soup noodles like Bún Riêu and Bún Mọc, straight from the stall of the Lunch Lady.