Happy Monday everyone!
Next stop is in the very lovely part of Edmonton known as 107th Ave. I worked with someone from Ontario that found the signs up and down 107th Ave saying ‘This Neighbourhood does not condone: Prostitution’ extremely amusing. I kind of thought that those signs are universal and used in places other than Edmonton, but I guess not. Well, the next restaurant is located on 10531 – 107 Ave and is called ‘Pho Huong’…lemme finish ‘and Mama Pizza’. That’s right, a Vietnamese and Pizza restaurant!
I have no idea what to expect from this place, it’s definitely in one of the least amiable locations in Edmonton but the inside of the restaurant surprised me. It reminded me of the week I worked in Wabasca, the definition of a God-forsaken place, the desolation and the isolated feeling of the place was unequivocal. But somewhere in this little village was a restaurant that when you walked in, you were transported to somewhere that wasn’t a hole in the ground. The food wasn’t the greatest but atmosphere took you out of the situation you were currently in, this is what the inside of Pho Huong was like (although, ignore the part of the food not being the greatest, I haven’t review it yet!)
Alrighty, here I got the ‘Satay Beef Noodle Soup (Large)‘ for $8.50. The slightly thick orangey broth is topped with cilantro and green onion, also contained in the soup are bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers, tomato slices and roasted peanuts. The roasted peanuts were a nice touch giving a bit more of a smokey earthy flavour element to the meal. The broth has a tasty peanuty and very tangy flavour to it and it’s pretty spicy, one of the most spicy meals I’ve had so far. There is an average amount of noodles and beef in the meal but don’t be looking for a massive large bowl as the name states, it’s pretty much an average sized bowl for a slightly below average price, which is nice.
Broth: 3/5 Portion: 2.5/5 Overall Taste: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Overall Satisfaction: 3/5
Whoa, whoa, whoa, not so fast there friends. Since this was a special restaurant, I’m going to give it a special second review. On top of my Satay Beef Noodle Soup, I ordered a pizza as well! Now I’m not going to start doing full on pizza reviews now as I have been doing with Satay Beef Noodle Soup, this is a little special because well…let’s see.
My usual choice of toppings is pepperoni, ham and green pepper (basically a deluxe pizza without mushroom because, let’s face it mushrooms are…yuck). But this time I got beef and onion. One of the highlights of this pizza is that it has an incredibly crispy and crunchy crust and everything else is cooked very well. The pizza is loaded with the beef and onions that I asked for while it was a tad bit skimpy with the sauce and cheese. The sauce had an interesting sweetness to it, very different but quite good in my books. Overall, this pizza is very surprisingly good, I would not be shy at all to come into this restaurant to just order pizza (assuming people would think I’d go there just for the Vietnamese food).