A rainy day is always a good time for pho. A few weeks ago (yes, I am so behind on posting – I know!) Chris suggested I try a little place near Rupert Skytrain station that he had visited once previously himself. I must admit, while I know that some “hole in the wall” places offer some mighty good food, I was a bit apprehensive when I saw this tiny restaurant.
The place was very busy when we arrived at around 2 PM on a weekend afternoon – good sign! We looked over the menu and nothing rang in over $10, which is good, because this was a cash-only establishment. Chris was definitely hungry, having done a bunch of work around the house earlier that day – I was less so. Here’s what we ordered:
Chris’ Bun was filled with goodies, including two spring rolls (bonus!) and lots of fresh veggies. The shredded pork was tasty and a little different than what you see elsewhere.
My pho was pretty solid – good amount of noodles, thin and tender beef, the side salad was overly plentiful, and the broth, while nice and hot, was a bit on the weaker side compared to other places.
To cap off our meal, we split a Banh Mi:
At under $4, this is a great deal. The sub included the thin ham and the thicker luncheon-meat, pate, pickled daikon and carrots. The bread was softer than most bahn mi I’ve had before, and there wasn’t any cilantro which I normally adore, but everything was still good.
Everything was served pretty quickly, and the couple who seem to own the restaurant did a good job taking care of all the tables plus take-out orders. Not much in terms of fancy service, but they were friendly and attentive.