Monday, July 9, 2012

Vietnam's Pho (Strip District)

I love Vietnamese pho, and once in a while I just crave it. One of those times happened soon after returning to Pittsburgh, so at my urging we made a trip to Vietnam's Pho in the Strip District.

For our appetizer, we got the Goi Cuon, or spring rolls with shrimp, pork, vermicelli, and veggies, in a thin rice wrap.

Goi Cuon at Vietnam's Pho
Goi Cuon ($3.50)

For pho, I usually get Pho Tai, which is just thinly sliced raw beef eye round in a noodle soup, and you have to cook the beef by soaking it in the broth.  This time I felt like trying something different, so I ordered the Pho Dac Biet, which is basically a "special" pho with a mix of different beef ingredients, including beef eye round, well done flank, tendon, brisket, beef tripe, and beef balls.  It was served with a plate of raw bean sprouts, basil, and jalapeno peppers.  I like it with just a small amount of bean sprouts (which you also have to soak in the broth first) and lots of Sriracha sauce.

Pho Dac Biet at Vietnam's Pho
Pho Dac Biet ($8.95)

R. ordered the Bun Tom Nuong, or grilled shrimp with bean sprouts, lettuce, herb, cucumber, and peanuts on vermicelli.

Bun Tom Nuong at Vietnam's Pho
Bun Tom Nuong ($9.95)

Everything was delicious and most definitely satisfied my craving for Vietnamese food!  

Restaurant info:
Vietnam's Pho
1627 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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