After spending a month in Hong Kong in June, I wanted all American food upon my return to the States. Being back for a month, I craved some of that great Asian cuisine I enjoyed in HK. Heard mixed reviews about Pho Thai Nam, but thought I'd check it out. A BYO in a strip mall offers an adventure for everyone.
The decor is simple and it feels pretty airy, which is a nice change from the usual jam jobs in the area with tables on top of tables. We were presented with the menus immediately and our wine was opened. Lots of interesting items on the menu, ranging from Thai to Vietnamese to a bit of Asian fusion. The two of us opted for one appetizer and two entrees, the steamed chicken dumplings ($5.95 for 8 pieces), the green curry with tofu ($10.95) and the drunken noodles with chicken ($10.95). The dumplings were light and tasty, with a sweet ponzu-type dipping sauce. The addition of the Sriracha (which was on every table) was very nice and brought that sharp heat to a mild and perfectly cooked dumpling.
The portion size for the entrees was very sizable. The drunken noodles were wide rice noodles with a basil sauce, not much heat, but good vegetables and a very nice flavor. Slightly oily, but overall very tasty, with large chunks of browned chicken interspersed. The green curry was nutty and rich, with lots of zucchini, broccoli and tofu in it. This was the 2nd hottest curry on the menu and definitely deliver that nostril/back of the throat heat. The jasmine rice was well prepared and ample. We almost finished the lot of both, going back and forth between the sweet and the spicy.
I finished the meal with an iced Vietnamese coffee ($3.95), an excellent finish to a very good meal. Highly recommended, very reasonably priced, well paced meal, friendly staff, no complaints, definitely will be back!
Pho Thai Nam
1510 Dekalb Pike Ste J, Blue Bell, PA 19422
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