Looking at the number of people dining at the time of our visit, I can say that Pho Saigon has quite a following already. It’s not even 7 pm yet! I took this as a sign of good things (good food!) to come. :) I love Vietnamese food, noodles specially! I especially like the little ritual of adding beansprouts, lemon, cilantro, basil and pepper to a very hot bowl of noodle soup. It somehow gives one a (false?) sense of having a hand in the meal. Hee hee!
So here’s what we had…
soybean milk – This is Abby’s beverage of choice when dining at an Asian restaurant. She liked this better than TC’s because it’s green and a tad sweeter, definitely the flavored kind. :D This one has a hint of coconut, too, much like the buko pandan of the Philippines.
For appetizers, we had fresh vegetarian spring rolls: bean sprouts,vegetables, tofu-vermicelli and mint wrapped in thin rice paper served with peanut sauce. Whenever we eat at a Vietnamese restaurant, we almost automatically order Vietnamese spring rolls. This was the first time, however, that we dared order the vegetarian kind. After the first bite, we started longing for “the usual kind”. ;) This one proved to be a little too bland for us. You’ll need a good amount of peanut sauce to help you along. :D
This is our main course, a plate of fresh bean sprouts, lemon, spicy green peppers, cilantro and basil leaves. Kidding. :D Abby loved taking part in adding these fresh veggies and spices to our bowls of noodle soup.
As always, I had chicken noodle soup with white chicken meat. It was passable, ok at best. What I didn’t appreciate is how the chicken white meat was sliced. They were just too overwhelmingly big! Looking at the chicken slices alone left me feeling full already (which should have been a good thing).
Hubby had beef noodle soup with eye round steak, well-done flank, fatty brisket, soft tendon, and white omasum beef tripe. Don’t make me say that again, please! Hahaha! I don’t know what possessed hubby to order this. The words “fatty brisket” should have already served as a warning. Hubby is a certified carnivore. He loves his beef, and he loves his beef’s tendons. Hahaha! But fatty brisket?! He didn’t even dare give a small piece a taste. They were all left swimming in the soup. :D
They say first impressions last, and our first impression for this restaurant seems to boldly say, “never again”. But a teeny weeny part of me wants to give Pho Saigon another chance. Come to think of it, we may actually be the ones at fault here…for ordering the wrong food. Not!!! ;) If and when we do go back, you’ll definitely read about it again.
Have a great week, everyone!
ps: I have another WS entry here.