PHO (Pin Yue Vietnamese Restaurant)
373, DaJing St, Nantun District
Hours: 11 am-10 pm
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
This restaurant's first-floor kitchen has big, clear windows and the second-floor dining area's main colors are green and white, providing an overall clean, refreshing appearance. The main food offerings here are Vietnamese Pho Noodles, Spring Rolls, and the French Sandwich. Despite being a Vietnamese eatery, PHO's bright, hip-looking interior, complete with a huge wall-mounted LCD TV, makes it look more like an American-style fast food outlet. --By Niang Chen, translated by Angel Pu
A. Vietnamese Coffee (NT$45) is brewed with a classic Vietnamese technique. It takes a while for the strong, dark-colored coffee to drip into the cup, which contains condensed milk, but the resulting flavors are well worth the wait.
B. Beef Pho (NT$130) and Cold Pork Slices (NT$60)--The soup for the Beef Pho is cooked with a lot of vegetables and beef bones for eight hours before some white rock sugar is added for a hint of sweetness. This boiling soup is then poured over the Pho noodles (also boiled) and raw beef fillets, which are cooked by the hot broth. A provided plate of fresh lemon slices, Chinese basil and mint leaves can also be added to this hearty dish, which also includes beef meatballs and beef tripe.
C. Tossed Pho Noodles with Roasted Chicken Leg (NT$110) feature a fragrant marinated and roasted chicken leg complemented by the sweet-and-sour flavor of tossed Pho noodles (containing crunchy peanuts, fish sauce and pickles) that Taiwanese love. Also pictured are the Fried Shrimp (NT$60) served with a mixture of fish and shrimp pastes, and authentic Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls (NT$60), made with ground beef, translucent noodles, carrots and taro.