When we are in Manuel Antonio, we usually concentrate on the great, fresh seafood, so Asian take-out isn't something we really consider. At the same time, given the great reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to try Ngo (pronounced "no") during our most recent trip. I'm so glad we did. Kung (?spelling) and the other staff couldn't have been more pleasant and accomodating; the food is excellent, reasonably priced--and they deliver!
I would describe the menu as "Asian fusion," insofar as it's predominately a combination of Chinese and Vietnamese, reflecting Kung's heritage--with other dishes, e.g., Singapore noodles, thrown in for good measure. He prides himself on a subtle combination of flavors and indeed we found that to be true. He also avoids over use of oil in the preparation; so the food is lighter, which I think is important in a place like MA where people tend to be quite active. This is not to say it is bland. It is not. It's very interesting and very delicious. At the same time, if you want heat, you can get heat. The home made Asian hot pepper oil is definitely "mo' hotta, mo' betta."
As to specific dishes, the dumplings, spring rolls and the fried rice all displayed the same lightness and complexity of flavors described above. (The left over fried rice--Can you say, "great portion size"?--disappeared in a heart beat the next morning.) I've never had Singapore noodles; but, given Ngo's good reviews, I thought I'd give them a try. I loved 'em. The same with the Vietnamese sandwich, described as his most typical Vietnamese dish.
You'll notice that I rated the atmosphere at Ngo as "poor." This is only because, although Ngo has some seating (four tables) it is really a storefront directly on the main road designed predominately for take out. It's strong point is not it's atmosphere, but that didn't prevent us from stopping in for a bite at the place the place itself, since we found it hard to resist Kung's graciousness or ignore his knowledgeable discussion on Asian cusine.
The bottom line is that Ngo's food is light, wonderfully complex and reasonably priced. It's a great alternative in Manuel Antonio and I would definitely recommend it.
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