Joms and I were hungry after a long day of work so we decided to eat out at Pho Hoa since Irish said before that their food is good.
We went to Shangri-la Plaza Mall at the sixth floor near the Cineplex to eat at Pho Hoa, a Vietnamese Noodle Soup Restaurant. They serve mainly Vietnamese soup and Some other Vietnamese dishes. Their place was small but there were many people dining in there that we didn’t get to have the table with a soft sofa-like chair. It was my first time to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant and I was excited.
We ordered a large bowl of Beef Noodle Soup, Fresh Spring Rolls and Mango Crepe for dessert which we asked to be serve later. They give some free salad to every customer when waiting for their meals to be served. It consist of monggo sprouts, some greens and slices of lemon. We have no idea on how to eat it and I don’t like eating greens raw. Joms and I experimented on it and tried to squeeze the lemons on it. The monggo sprouts tasted good (I still don’t know about the greens).
We didn’t waited long for our food to be served. We asked them to split the Beef Noodle Soup in to two bowls since we figured out that it was really big enough for two or even three people. The soup was really heavy since it consist of beef strips which were thinly sliced, some tendons, noodles, veggies and some meat balls that is made of I don’t know what. I didn’t eat it since I didn’t liked the taste. The soup tasted different from the regular noodle soup you’ll find here in the Philippines. It was somewhat sour and salty and some mixture of tastes that I could not identify but it tasted good. The beef was nicely cooked since it was sliced thinly.
The Fresh Spring Rolls was good. it comes with a peanut sauce as dip. I liked the way it was wrapped. It was not like the ordinary lumpia wrapper you’ll find here. It was transparent and you could see the colors of the veggies inside. It has shrimps, cucumber, some noodles (I think it was bihon but I’m not sure), carrots and some green leaf veggie. It tastes good especially when dipped in the peanut sauce. It was kind of messy if you bite it so you need to eat it hole so you could taste the mixture of the flavors inside your mouth.
We were already full but we still have room for dessert. The Mango Crepe was good. The crepe itself was cute since it was colored green. I tasted some flavors in it but I am not sure. The mangoes were also good. It was ripe but some were still a bit sour but still I liked it especially with the ice cream and chocolate and mango sauce. It was nice to finish the meal with that dessert. We were full after eating all of that.
The dishes there were delicious and at the same time healthy since they use a lot of veggies in most of their recipes. I also like how unique the Vietnamese food is compared to other Asian dishes. It’s nice to have tasted Vietnamese food that night.