Daily: 11:00 - 22:00
Pho Hoa restaurants specialize in naturally flavored, healthy and delicious soups. Each bowl of their soup is carefully prepared and accompanied with fresh coriander leaves, bean sprouts, hot chili peppers, lemon wedges and basil leaves.
See the complete review with pictures here. We started with the netted scallop rolls [$4.50] – pale yellow, deep fried pastries filled with scallop meat with their signature dipping sauce. We felt like we were on the streets of Vietnam just by dint of the freshly fried, piping hot morsels served in small portions. The second appetizer we tried was the house made squid pancakes [$5.95]. These were good too, but not as good as the scallop rolls. I think the deep fried spring rolls are also worth a try, don’t really like the rice roll with raw vegetables and steamed shrimp. The pho comes with a huge plate of basil, coriander, chilli paste, cut chillis, and lime wedges for you to garnish the broth. The actual soup itself is alright, not herbal enough, nor is the beef taste particularly strong. You can opt for your pho with flank, steak, beef balls, tripe, brisket, etc. Beef steak yields the leanest meat, and flank steak will have strips of fat running down the sides. We had pho with steak, flank, and beefballs [$13.95]. It’s hearty for a cold day, but I don’t think this place does very representative pho. We also ordered the grilled chilcken with rice [$11.95], which is done in roughly the same style with Thai grilled chicken, which is to say I can’t put my finger what they use to marinate it :P It’s really nice, tender, and moist, served with some sort of weird vegetarian keropok, a big saucer of dipping sauce, and steamed white rice. It wasn’t that cheap, $42.75 for the both of us, but we each had appetizers and stuff, guess I can’t complain. Still, it’s a little weird that you can get better lunch for cheaper at Barossa or La Nonna.
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A relatively enduring fixture of Holland Village, Pho Hoa was where I first had Vietnamese pho. The casual diner passes muster, but barely, and their price points are probably a huge factor in their staying power.
A word to the wise: bring lots of deodorant; Pho Hoa's poorly ventilated so fully expect to walk out reeking of the day-old frying oil and a mish-mash of bone stock.
1) Cha Gio ($6): decent flavour-wise, but seemed more like the usual Chinese spring rolls than a Vietnamese rice-paper wrap.
2) Bun Ga Nuong ($13.95) - a massive bowl of fresh vegetables and grilled chicken, sauced up with a salty dip: nice and refreshing as a salad of sorts
3) Pho Tai Bo Vien ($12.95): stock was full-bodied but also laden with MSG. At least the striploin was fresh, unlike the meatballs which were sub-par
4) Pho Ga ($11.95) - a clear chicken-based noodle soup: lighter than I'd expected, but still reeked of artificial MSG
Pho - the main dish tasted like instant pho noodle. Photos are misleading. Spring rolls were not even fresh. You can even saw the black spots clearly. Worst of all, it's 30% more expensive than other places like Nam Nam or Mrs Pho. There are many good eateries around Holland V which made me regret stepping into Pho Hoa.