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Pho Hung on Argyle

Erik M. | Jul 8, 2003 10:55 AM

After having a particularly dreadful bowl of Bun Bo Hue at Pho Hung yesterday, I've pretty much written them off as a destination for soup noodles. Yes, this includes the namesake Pho, the broth of which--I suspect--is based on some crap commercial base. [It has an acrid, ground spice taste. The broth merely wallows, all fat and bloated. Its aroma can hardly be coaxed out of the bowl. On and on...]

Pho Hung does, however, remain on my radar for their cheap-as-sin lunch specials. For $3.88, you may choose one of six lunch plates. A can of soda is included in the price.

The specials are as follows: Spare ribs with black bean sauce over rice, Junbo shrimp wonton noodle, Chinese-style Beef stew on rice, Chicken wings with sweet, sour, and hot sauce over rice, Chiu Chow-style Fish cake noodle soup, and Pork with sweet corn over rice.

I have particularly enjoyed the beef stew and the Pork with sweet corn.

The only other things that have managed to catch my attention are the off-menu items that the staff whips up for themselves, but I digress...

Now, if you do happen to want a decent bowl of Bun Bo Hue, try the newly opened Tien Giang. As a matter of fact, all of the noodle soups that I've tried there have been extrememly well-built. [I should write them up, actually.]

Pho 777 remains my favourite for Pho, but you probably already knew that.

Erik M.

Oh, yeah. The Bun Bo Hue at Pho Hung was *incredibly* oily. I'm betting that Chef Tony at LSC is the only person that could manage to incorporate more oil into any one dish. ;) The broth glowed ominously. There was absolutely no depth of flavour. It was all crass heat. It ruined my linen shirt, to boot. I hate that soup.

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