Monday, January 30, 2012

Vietnam's Pho in the Strip District

When it comes to Vietnamese restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh isn't exactly a mecca for it. In fact, I find that some of the Vietnamese restaurants to be underwhelming. I won't name names at least just yet. That will be for another blog post. However I feel that Vietnam's Pho is one of the better Vietnamese restaurants in Pittsburgh(I've been there 3 times). Reason being is that their food is consistently good, and I can't get enough of their pho soups. With that said, I recently made a trip to the restaurant and decided to blog about them.

Anytime I go to Vietnam's Pho, I always order an appetizer. What I like about Vietnamese appetizers is that they are not huge, thus you can finish your main dish fairly easily. I ended up ordering the Goi Cuon(spring rolls) which comprises of shrimp, pork, vermicelli, and fresh veggies rolled into rice paper. I like how the rolls have a fresh, light taste to it. By itself it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, but when you dip it into the hoisin sauce with ground peanuts, the roll goes into a whole other level.

The main dish that I ordered was the Pho-Tai Sach which is a Pho soup that has beef eye round and beef tripe as the main ingredients. I find that always order Pho because it's one of the more challenging and time consuming dishes to make and I know the Vietnamese chefs will always make it better than I could. Despite that, I do want to make it a goal to make pho soup just to see if I can do it successfully. But back to the soup, it was very flavorful. The broth was hot and salty, but not too salty. I made the soup spicier by adding chili sauce. I was sweating a bit by the time I was done. The meats were pretty good especially the beef tripe. I wish they would have put more beef tripe in the soup but you can't win them all. Beef tripe comes from the cow's stomach, just in case if not everyone knows.

All in all, I would recommend Vietnam's Pho to anyone. Pittsburgh might not be a mecca for Vietnamese food, but Vietnam's Pho has certainly been a bright spot for sure.

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