Vietnam has had a lot of conflicts in its long history as a nation. This is evident with its early skirmishes with the dynasties of China, the French colonial occupation, up until the rise of Ho Chi Minh and the highly controversial Vietnam War. In recent years however, this has mellowed down and Vietnam is now a tourist destination frequented by travelers from all around the world. Vietnamese cuisine is influenced by its neighbors like Thailand and Burma—with the use of fresh ingredients, herbs, and spices in balanced proportions.
Of course, nothing beats the experience of actually trying out legitimate Vietnamese dishes such as pho and banh mi along the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Problem is, I don’t have the money for a plain ticket. Good thing there’s Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House, so I can have a taste of Saigon without shelling out a certain sum for airfare. Don’t be misled by the name; they aren’t limited to serving noodles only. You’d be surprised with how diverse their menu is.
It also has branches in other countries like the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea. This establishment is a sister restaurant of MyThai Kitchen (specializing in cuisine from neighboring Thailand) and Jack’s Loft (with a more general menu plus an array of cakes). Usually, these three occupy one space divided into three sections. Since they are operated by the same company and share one kitchen, you can order dishes from the other menus and not be limited to one. That is not the case for some branches, however. Eastwood City is host to a stand-alone Pho Hoa branch (along City Walk).
Just like my earlier MyThai triptych, here are some dishes I tried out during my visits to their Eton Centris Walk branch. Do visit their official website and Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter to know more about their dishes and latest promotions. Until the next review, ăn ngon nhé (have a good meal)!
Seafood Noodle Soup
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Fried Rice Paper Roll With Pork And Vermicelli
Crispy Noodles With Beef
Sauteed Chicken And Mushroom On Rice
Breaded Tofu With Mushroom And Red Pepper Sauce