Last week the huz was traveling for work for a couple days, which meant I was flyin’ solo for dinner. While I miss the dear huz when he is gone, I do enjoy the opportunity to indulge in whatever I fancy for dinner.
On this particular Wednesday evening, I fancied a bowl of pho from Ypsilanti’s new Pho House. So new, in fact, that the signage out front has not yet been replaced. Just look for the Fat Philly’s sign on Washtenaw Ave. for now!
Earlier in the day, AnnArbor.com ran an article reviewing the restaurant, which reignited my desire to try it out as soon as possible. I’ll leave the full review up to them, and give you a quick run down on my first experience at Pho House.
Truth be told, I’ve never had pho before this occasion. But, I have been very eager to try for quite some time now. So, I took the plunge and ordered the “House Special” pho, which, as the menu indicated, included, “rare beef flank, brisket, tendon, tripe, and meatball.”
My take-out order was carefully packaged and I arrived home with all elements intact, including a giant, steaming bowl of HOT (in terms of temperature!), rich, beefy broth with a great depth of warm spicy flavor, and a box of “goodies,” if you will, including the proteins listed above, rice noodles, bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro, scallion, jalapeños, and hot sauce. Gorgeous!
Like I said, I’ve never had pho before, and have only seen pictures of assembled pho bowls in the past, so when I arrived home, I was a little like, “…whaaa?”
Well, I did what made most sense and mixed it all together. Not going to lie, I was
a little largely weirded out by the tripe, but as you know, I’ll try anything twice. Eventually it was all mixed up in the noodles and I couldn’t visibly distinguish it, so apparently I ate it!
Also, if you’re an amateur like me, you might be interested to know that pho is pronounced “fuh.” Luckily I did know this before I placed my order so hopefully I didn’t sound like a total noob.
All in all I liked the pho but didn’t love it as much as I had anticipated. Maybe it is an acquired taste. I have very little experience eating Vietnamese cuisine and look forward to trying more in the future. With that said, the quality of the ingredients seemed high, everything seemed to be hot and fresh, the presentation was lovely, and the price was affordable. I’d give it a go again, but might go for the less exotic proteins next time. Or maybe I will even try the vegetarian version that is offered!
This is the large size and holy hot dogs, this baby was a big ol’ sandwich.
Most of this sandwich became my lunch the next day (GREAT as leftovers, by the way!), but I did enjoy a decent portion of the sandwich with my bowl of pho. What a wonderful sandwich! It was full of flavors and textures – savory, tender pork; hot jalapeños; creamy mayo; crisp cucumbers; and crunchy, acidic pickled veggies, all encased by a delicious sub bun. Loved it!
All in all I enjoyed my Vietnamese dinner from Pho House and would like to try more of their affordable cuisine in the future.