Monday, September 10, 2012

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup-Salt Lake City

We finally found our Pho restaurant in Salt Lake.  The bad news is it is several miles from where we live.  The good news is that it is worth the drive.

We probably live in one of the whitest parts of a very white city, not proud of it, that's just the way it is.  For us to find good Asian food, we sometimes have to make the drive to the west side of Salt Lake.  Our daughter's soccer game was out west on Saturday, so we decided for lunch we'd try to find a good Vietnamese or Korean BBQ restaurant.  We've tried several Vietnamese restaurants and were almost to the point of thinking we'd just have to eat Pho when we leave town.  That concern went away when we stumbled on Pho Hoa.

It's located on about 43rd South and Redwood Road, in the same parking lot as an Asian market.  We walked in about 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed, however we only saw about 4 white people...good sign.  Shortly after sitting, I ordered a coke.  It was brought out in a can along with a glass of even better sign.  I knew this was going to be a good place.

We had a Chicken and Rice Plate, Pork Vermicelli and the Stew with Flank, Tendon and Tripe.  It was all delicious.  The Stew had an excellent rich to the broth.  It also had very good meat and lots of it, something other restaurants we've tried skimped on.  The spring rolls in the vermicelli stayed crisp and had good flavor.  The food came out quickly.  I don't know if this would be considered the best Vietnamese restaurant by people who eat Pho regularly, but for Utah, it's the best we've found.

So this falls in my preference of finding something good in strip malls, so understand that how I reate service and ambience is based on a scale as compared to other strip mall restaurants.  I'm not comparing them some Michelin Star experience.  If I give service a 7, it's because I like the fact that a good Asian restaurant basically points where to sit, gives you about 15 seconds to place your order and brings the food out fast.  If you have thin skin, you might not appreciate it.  If you've been to Asia, you understand this is authentic, and is actually sort of charming.

Service: 7/10
Ambience: 7/10
Food: 9/10

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