We went to get our Vietnamese fix again! This time at Pho – a Vietnamese street food restaurant that has been opening up everywhere since 2005! It is opened by a couple who traveled to Vietnam and loved it so much, they decided to open up a business when they came back to London.
We went to their branch in London’s Stratford, located inside the foodcourt at the Westfield shopping centre. It’s very popular with all walks of life and you can see lots of people tucking into the big bowls of pho.
We were no different.
To kick off, we had the Canh Ga, the cripsy chicken wings (£6.75). These were fried until crispy and lightly salted. It came with a big serving of sriracha, which gave it that kick of heat. Definitely worth trying it you’re a chicken wing fan.
Mu Chien Gion (£6.75) aka tender fried baby squid, served with a wedge of lime and salt and spicy pepper for you to sprinkle on yourself. Best way to describe these are oriental calamari. It’s good that you can tailor the seasoning to your own liking. But make sure you eat them soon after drizzling on the lime juice, otherwise the squid will become really soggy!
You can’t have Vietnamese food and not have a coffee too. Here’s the hot one we ordered Ca Phe, Vietnamese drip coffee with sweet condensed milk for £2.50 – the coffee has already finished dripping and filtered when served. So if you want to see how its done, remember to hang around the counter to watch, after you’ve finished ordering!
Pho-Bun bo Hue (£8.75)– the hot and spicy brisket beef pho served with chilli shrimp paste. The shredded beef brisket was a bit like eating pulled pork. With the mixture of spices in this bowl, it definitely wasn’t for the faint hearted. But you could still taste the flavours in the broth though. A good option for those of you who like your spice.
To go with your pho, you get a side plate of different garnishes. So you can add as much or as little as you want of the beansprouts, mint, coriander, chilli, basil and lime juice. There’s also sriracha and fish sauce from the counter that you can have too.
Pho bo combo (£8.95 )– this is pho with beef three ways – beef steak, brisket and meatballs. Looks pretty simple, but the different textures of beef really made this dish.
If you’re new to Vietnamese food, then Pho may be a good place to start before moving onto more authentic places. We are giving Pho at Stratford, Westfield and overall yummy score of 3 yums. The reason because the Pho wasn’t as silky soft as it should be and the broth lacked the depth of flavour is should have had. This could be because we were at the food court and not at the restaurant. So this could be something to bear in mind.
Opening times: Mon- Wed- 1130- 2100, Thu-Sat 1130-2200, Sun 1130-1830
Location: Westfield Stratford The Balcony (First Floor) , London E20 1ES