Com Pho 99

Happy Family Day everyone!

Coming up next is a another new review, Com Pho 99, located on 11019 – 107 Ave.  For those uninitiated, ‘Pho’ is Vietnamese for Beef Noodle Soup and ‘Com’ is Vietnamese for Rice.  I have no idea why they have 99 in the name, could be Wayne Gretzky fans I guess.  The restaurant is cute and small with private sections in it, I didn’t know what to expect looking from the outside but it’s nice in here.


I ordered the ‘Sate Rice Noodle Soup‘ for $8.99.  My apologizes about the mixing things up in the before taking a picture of my meal, I was over-anxious waiting for my meal and it looked delicious when I first got it I totally forgot to take a presentation picture.  The meal is topped with cucumber slices, chopped red chilies, cilantro, peanuts, green and white onion slices.  It’s a standard looking pho broth with chili oil situation here, at least there seems to be a little bit more to it than some of the other places I’ve been.  The broth is nice and not over-salted, there’s a bit of added flavouring that I noticed when I flipped the noodles but they didn’t add too much flavour to it.  There was a decent amount of beef but a little lacking amount of noodles that were a tad bit overcooked.  Overall, the price of the meal for what you get a on the steep side, especially knowing that across the street at Thanh Son, price is $6.50 (review to come out next).


Broth: 2.5/5   Portion: 2/5   Overall Taste: 3/5   Value: 2.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2.5/5


Com Pho 99 on Urbanspoon


Fantasia Noodle House Express

I’m back, I’m alive!

Sorry for my extreme procrastination there folks, but I have a new review up.  I’m down to slim pickings now for restaurants with Satay Beef Noodle Soup, so changes will be coming soon.  Coming up next is Fantasia Noodle House Express on 11765 Jasper Ave.  Fantasia used to be on 105th Street on Jasper Ave but had to vacate the old location due to building renovations or something and was a full-fledged restaurant.  The new version of this restaurant is a express take out place with a trimmed down menu but offers a lot of tasty options, there’s only two tables there if you’re going to hang out and eat.


Among a list of tasty items, Fantasia offers ‘Beef Sate‘ for $8.00.  The meal comes out in a smallish take-out container that’s pretty thin, the soup is incredibly hot and the container becomes hard to hold, you definitely would want to use a bag if you have this for take-out.  The soup is a cloudy brownish colour with a very inviting peanuty scent, it’s a really delicious smell.  The meal is topped with green and red onions and is accompanied with a generous baggie of bean sprouts.  The broth has a nice sweet and savoury taste to it, very well done, although when you get to about the middle to the end of the meal, you get alternating bites of onion and then cilantro.  There’s a decent amount of noodles and a very generous offering of tender sliced raw beef.  The overall portion of the meal may not be worth the $8 but it’s decent enough.  I do want to make a bit of a point that the shape of the bowl makes it a little be hard to eat, I wouldn’t have minded having my own bowl and utensils for this meal but who does that?


Broth: 3.5/5   Portion: 3/5   Overall Taste: 3.5/5   Value: 2.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 3/5


Fantasia Noodle House Express on Urbanspoon

No Review This Week…

Hey folks,

Usually there would be a brand spanking review today, but I will be missing this Monday’s review due to the fact that I procrastinated going to a restaurant till Sunday, found a place and then was given the wrong dish when my food arrived.  Oh well, see you guys next week.

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Midnight Sun

Hey folks!

Brand new review coming at you, this time on ‘High Street’ on 11003 – 124 Street is Midnight Sun.  Not exactly on the hip and exciting section of 124 street but it’s there.  I’ve driven by Midnight Sun many many times and always questioned what they offered and the rumour was it’s a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant, usually I get burned coming to these types of restaurants because they say they have Vietnamese food but it’s just spring rolls and the rest is Chinese food.  I called ahead and made sure that wasn’t the case.


I ordered the large ‘Satay Beef Rice Noodle‘ for $10.50, the meal is topped with lots of green onions and some sort of dried or fried flakes.  Within the thick brown gravy-like broth is cucumbers and bean sprouts and…and…I can’t do this!  This meal does not smell appetizing at all.  I gave the noodles a flip and noticed a lot of random chunks and unexplainable particulates throughout the soup and none of it looks or smells appetizing at all.  There is a lot of noodles given and a very generous amount of chewy pre-cooked beef, if you’re willing to eat it.  The broth tastes as bad as it smells, I can’t describe it, I have no idea what I’m eating.  This is the first meal that I can’t finish, I’m gagging just thinking about it.


Broth: 1/5   Portion: 4/5   Overall Taste: 0/5   Value: 3/5

Overall Satisfaction: 1/5


Midnight Sun on Urbanspoon

Pho 97

Huzzah Hockey Fans!

The Oilers returned last night and won and I got another review for you all today, isn’t it already a good start to the week?  Coming up next in the ‘Golden Triangle of Vietnamese Restaurants’ on 97 Street, north of the Yellowhead is Pho 97 on 12913 – 97 Street.  I call the area the ‘Golden Triangle of Vietnamese Restaurants’ because Pho 97 is about two stores away from Pho Song Huong and across the street is Thanh Da, effectively making a triangular shaped area of Vietnamese restaurants.  Unfortunately Pho Song Huong doesn’t have Satay Beef Noodle Soup.

For shame...

So sad…


I ordered the ‘Large Sate Pho‘ for $7.95, for this price I was thinking I’d be getting a small meal but I get a average sized bowl for a below average price, good start so far.  But unfortunately, the soup that I get is essentially standard pho broth with chili oil…my worst enemy.  Much to my chagrin though, the broth is very tasty and the chili oil does add some depth to the broth, it surprisingly has some kick to it.  The broth has a nice light beefy flavour that’s not overly salty.  Within the broth, there is just a few slices of white and green onions.  There’s also a melody of beef parts that you find in a ‘Pho Dac Biet‘; beef flank, steak, brisket, tendon (yum!), tripe (meh!) meatballs (double yum!) and a generous amount of velvety noodles with the meal.  Overall, the price is right and the meal, while not anything overly special, is still a very good meal.


Broth: 2/5   Portion: 4/5   Overall Taste: 3/5   Value: 4/5

Overall Satisfaction: 3/5


Pho 97 Edmonton on Urbanspoon

Rice King

Good day peoples!

New review coming at you! Rice King on 12966 82 St, the bright and shiny part of Edmonton that I didn’t really know existed.  I’m quite curious what’s out here but surprisingly this is the first and only Vietnamese restaurant out here.  While I was here, I learned that Rice King was originally just a Chinese restaurant (deep-fried everything swimming in sauce kind of Chinese restaurant) and just recently, new owners bought the place and added a Vietnamese menu.  Which oddly enough, looks incredibly similar to Pho Hoan Pasteur’s menu.  If this is anything like Pho Hoan, I’ll be a very happy person.


On the menu, listed under Chicken Soups is ‘Beef Sate Pho with Peanuts‘ for $9.00 plus $1.25 for extra large.  Just to recap, Pho Hoan Pasteur’s extra large is remarkably large, enough for two people and delicious.  I’m looking forward to having a really good meal since the past couple haven’t been great in my books.  When the food comes out, it turns out that this meal is different.  The bowl is smaller than Pho Hoan’s and is more of an average size for the total price of the meal.  The light orangey broth has a delicious and very inviting scent.  The meal is topped with thin white onion slices and green onions with a healthy helping of chopped cilantro.  The broth has the right amount of salty and savouriness to it, it’s lighter tasting while still flavourful even with the amount of cilantro that’s added to it which I originally was concerned that would steal some taste out of the broth.  There’s a filling amount of noodles and a very generous supply of thinly sliced beef.  Overall, I was happy with my meal, it doesn’t compare to the epicness of Pho Hoan Pasteur but this is still a very good meal.


Broth: 4/5   Portion: 3.5/5   Overall Taste: 4/5   Value: 3.5/5

Overall Satisfaction: 3.5/5


Rice King on Urbanspoon

Saigon Garden

Happy New Year everyone!

First post of 2013 and I’m a little over a week away from my one year anniversary with this blog, every Monday for a full year (minus one Monday) there was a brand new review.  I am very close to having done every Vietnamese restaurant that has Satay Beef Noodle Soup in Edmonton and surrounding area.  Coming up for the first review of the new year, Saigon Garden in Chinatown (9711 107 Ave).  I actually thought I hit every Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown (that has Satay Beef Noodle Soup) but Saigon Garden was closed for renovations and just opened about a month ago.


I ordered the ‘Satay Noodle with Beef‘ for $8.95, the meal is topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, green and white onions, there is a little bit of lettuce in the orangey creamy broth as well. There is a good amount of sliced beef that look roast beef like, a nice cut of beef is used in here. The meal looks really good but unfortunately there’s an overpowering scent to the broth, one that has eluded me for the past, well, year.  I could be off base here, but I believe it’s shrimp paste and Saigon Garden uses a lot of it.  For those that know me, I am not a fan of seafood and this really affects how I perceived this meal.  There is just way too much shrimp paste in this meal, it’s all I taste in this meal.  For some other person, this might be an awesome meal, but unfortunately for me, I’m having a hard time putting this down.  The only other complaint I had about this meal was the noodles were all small strands, made it a bit difficult to pick it up with chopsticks.  So I’m going to add a little disclaimer on this review.  I didn’t enjoy this meal because of the overly shrimp flavor but I’m sure if someone else who enjoys shrimp tried this, they would like this.


Broth: 2.5/5   Portion: 3/5   Overall Taste: 1/5*   Value: 3/5

Overall Satisfaction: 2/5*

*I didn’t enjoy this meal because there’s a lot of shrimp in the broth*

WonderPho_notmyfavouriteSaigon Garden Restaurant & Cafe on Urbanspoon


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  • Onward to 2013! New developments with the blog will happen soon as I am running out of restaurants to review :P #yeg----- 5 years ago
  • Need confirm if these restaurants have Satay beef noodle soup: Fantasia (11765 Jasper) Pho 97 (12913-97 st) Rice Pad (9616-165 ave) #yegfood----- 5 years ago
  • Need confirmation that the following restaurants have Satay Beef Noodle Soup: Thanh Son (11012 107 ave) Midnight Sun (11003-124 st) #yegfood----- 5 years ago