Restaurants & Bars 3

Pho So 1

lil mikey | Feb 19, 2003 01:54 PM

Recommended by a friend.

We went to Pho So 1 on Sepulveda, just north of Victory in the SFV. It’s next to the 99 Ranch market (after lunch we went into the market and savored all the neat Asian foods.)

We were seated quickly, and given menus with 109 different dishes to order (not counting dessert or drinks). It takes them a little time for them to take your order, but once the order goes in, the food comes out very quickly.

For an appetizer we ordered the spring roll (Goi Cuon). It is not fried, but fresh and served cold. It was stuffed with shrimp, pork and greens. It came with a tasty sauce with peanuts in it. They were okay. I wasn’t too fond of the pork. I think next time we’ll order it without the pork. Otherwise very tasty. You get 3 very large rolls.

My wife had the Pho with beef (Tai Chin Nam). The spicing was great. It had a clove-like flavor. Very intriguing and tasty. Also very fresh.

I had the grilled beef with rice vermicelli paste and vegetable (Banh Hoi Thit Bo (Heo) Nuong). I loved this dish. It was very fresh tasting. The beef was cooked perfectly to retain its tenderness, and stay juicy. It had some peanuts on top, and was served over an intricate web of noodles. It came with a nice sauce that I poured over the dish sparingly. There was an assortment of greens ranging from lettuce to mint to a very strong-flavored green that tasted like sesame leaves. There were also thin slices of carrot and marinated jicama.

Now here’s my proof that I loved the food: I ordered a Heineken with the meal, and totally forgot about it until I was almost done. I enjoyed it that much.

The whole thing was about $19 before tip. This place was well worth the trip to the valley.

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