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Pho Viet for beau bo luc lac (Vancouver)


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Pho Viet for beau bo luc lac (Vancouver)

grayelf | Aug 17, 2009 11:35 PM

I couldn't find a specific thread for this resto so voila. Thanks fmed for pointing me in the direction of the other menu items -- I had heard Pho Viet mentioned for its $4.99 recession pho special and seen the sign on the car roof. We were on the hunt for plated fare last night and decided it was time to follow up on fmed's recon: bo luc lac or shaking beef is on the menu. Ever since I first tried this dish at in San Francisco, I've been hoping to find a worthy contender here. I think I have! While this version does not come with the lemon pepper dipping sauce, it is very tender and meaty with the right flavour to the meat. A variation here: white mushrooms barely cooked which works well and doesn't feel like filler (green pepper, I'm talking to you), also onions barely cooked which was surprisingly okay by me as I usually prefer 'em more broken down. The dipping sauce they have is soya with slices of tiny red death peppers (probably bird) which I was prepared not to like but found to be most edifying in practice, possibly even better than the lime version. Fmed had mentioned they had some "au caramel" dishes but despite scouring the menu we could not find them. Attempting to be good 'Hounds, we picked a random dish that sounded good. The server (possibly also the chef?) mentioned it was quite salty and that she could tone it down but SO reassured her that I love salt which is true. The dish was thit ko to (Vietnamese style braised pork) and came in a black ceramic pot. There was a version with fish too but I tend to shy away from fish in Vietnamese restos as it is often not to my taste. Disappointment over lack of caramel was soon gone -- this dish was wonderful, full of umami-ish pong and flavour. We proceeded to devour everything we ordered with the exception of one salad roll which we saved for my lunch today. We also enjoyed the cold tea they served, and the limeonade was one of the best I've had, very limey and not too sweet. With the 20% off that seems to be a permanent discount we paid around $30 for a delicious repast in a clean, attractive restaurant with excellent service. My only whinge: no A/C!! We'll be back for sure. Paging ck1234...

Pho Viet
2141 Kingsway just east of Victoria

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