Review: Pho Van

by gigi on November 20, 2007

Jason and I met up at Pho Van for dinner one day. It is located at 3370 Fraser St in Vancouver.  The pho here is pretty good and is the one Jenkins and I usually go to when we are in Vancouver.

I started with a fresh coconut juice, which I have been drinking a lot of lately.  :)   I like drinking it when I have pho because I find that the coconut juice helps to offset the spiciness of the soup.

pho van

I ordered the pho with mixed beef parts.  I like the pho here because they are always generous with both the noodles and the beef ingredients.  :)   Even if you order a small bowl, you still end up being quite full just because there is so much stuff in your bowl.  My noodles also came with some pieces of daikon radish, which was different, although I was too full to eat it.  :)

pho van

Jason’s noodle soup was spicy and his noodles were thicker and also a little chewy.  It also came with a sprinkling of cabbage and had miscellaneous items such as a pork hock, some beef, and ham.  I had never tried this before but may just order it the next time I come here.

pho van

I like the pho at Van Pho because they seem to have less MSG than most pho places I go to.  Jason also noted that their pho is denser and packed with a lot more noodles and meat than your normal pho place.  The inside of the restaurant is also relatively clean and the service is always quick and efficient.

3370 Fraser St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-872-2879

Food: ★★★☆☆
Service: ★★½☆☆
Price: $

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ben November 21, 2007 at 7:18 am

Hi Gigi:
We used to go to Pho Van a lot too. It had been a long while since we last went there. Oh yes … I remember the colourful neon lights. They are reflected off your pictures.

gigi November 22, 2007 at 12:00 am

Hi Ben,

Yes, I noticed that the ceiling lights were reflected in the soup. It adds a nice touch to the pictures, don’t you think? :)

2.. November 26, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Pho Van is definitely one of my favourite Pho places in North America :) (Strong statement since I’ve frequented Toronto, Vancouver and San Jose/Bay Area Pho places)

My grandparents even approve of it since it doesn’t have MSG and the broth is so rich and flavourful – like their home cooked kind! It’s one of the things I miss most about Vancouver!

gigi November 29, 2007 at 12:31 am

Hi 2..

haha…you are actually the person who introduced me to Pho Van! :) I agree that one of the good things about the pho here is the lack or complete absence of MSG..always a plus!

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