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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

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

Arc En Ciel

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

My second last review of the year is at Arc En Ciel Restaurant near the north T&T Supermarket (9316 137 Ave).  For those who are wondering about the name, ‘arc en ciel’ is French for ‘rainbow’.  Now why would a Vietnamese restaurant have a French name?  Well, long ago when Napoleon the Third (nephew of the Napoleon Bonaparte that we all know) was in power of the French Empire, his orders to his army were to invade Vietnam and set up a French colony.  Over the years under French occupation, the Vietnamese people were influenced by many different things French, including food.  One of the latest food trends that I’m noticing popping up nowadays is ‘bahn mi’ which essentially means ‘bread’ in Vietnamese.  Bahn mi is 100% a product of French influence in Vietnam.  I can remember seeing lots of French style baguettes in Vietnam, which years of having nothing but Chinese food in Edmonton seemed to be a totally weird sight to see, but I guess I was just ignorant.  So, when you see a Vietnamese restaurant with a French name, it stems mainly from the many years of French influence throughout history.  I have more to say on the subject, but for now, let’s see what’s for dinner.


Arc En Ciel is a bit of an odd ball restaurant, the restaurant is set up kind of like a fast food Chinese takeout place, like Wok ‘N Go for those who have been there before.  But there are 5 small tables for people to stay in a very cramped amount of space.  The restaurant is not well equipped for lots of people staying to eat, but judging from the set up and the menu, they’re more about quick and easy takeout food.

On to the food now, Arc En Ciel has ‘Satay Beef with Rice Noodle Soup‘ for $9.75.  The soup is a yellowish brown with a really delicious scent, I can’t put my finger on all the ground spices in it, but it culminates to make a really inviting scent.  The soup is accompanied with diced tomatoes, cucumber, white and green onion slices.  The broth starts off with a nicely salty flavour with a slight kick but as you get into it more, the soup becomes quite spicy but maintains the same nice flavour.  Unfortunately, the meal is quite lacking in the amount of noodles and beef given, you will be left with a lot of broth at the end of the meal.  For the price, the bowl isn’t that big so it’s not the best bang for your buck here, but the food tastes pretty good here.


Broth: 3/5   Portion: 2/5   Overall Taste: 3.5/5   Value: 2/5

Overall Satisfaction: 3/5


Arc En Ciel Fusion Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Thanh Da

Good news everyone, another Monday review!

I am running out of places to review, I have reviewed 46 restaurants out of a possible 100 or so Vietnamese restaurants as not every Vietnamese restaurant has Satay Beef Noodle Soup, or they classify themselves as Vietnamese but they’re really Chinese restaurants with one or two Vietnamese items like Spring Rolls or something.  I have one more restaurant in queue that I know for sure has Satay Beef Noodle Soup and pretty much after that, I think I’m done!  Unless my fellow fans know of a place that I don’t, then please comment and tell me where this place is!

This week, I went to Thanh Da Restaurant on 12924 – 97 Street, an area that for some reason has 3 Vietnamese restaurants really close to each other; Pho Song Huong and Pho 97 which are across the street from Thanh Da.  I confirmed that Pho Song Huong doesn’t have Satay Beef Noodle Soup, but I still have to take a peek into Pho 97 if they have any.


Thanh Da is a seemingly authentic Vietnamese restaurant judging by their menu.  There’s a little spiel on the first page of the menu that has tells the story behind their name.  On the menu there’s ‘Hot Spicy Beef Sate Noodle Soup‘ for $9.50.  The meal comes out piping hot in a pretty sizable bowl which is perfect amount of food for the price in my opinion.  The pale brown soup contains tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green onion slices and a scoop of peanuts on top.  There’s a light beefy flavour that’s accompanied with an earthy spice in it, it’s reminiscent of the Satay flavouring used in Chinese restaurants for their fried noodles.  The meal is not spicy at all, for those who are worried about the ‘Hot Spicy’ portion in the name need not worry.  The soup to solids ratio is wholly in favour of the soup, there’s quite a bit of soup to the meal which drowns the noodles, beef and veggies.  Overall, the meal is decent tasting and really filling with lots of soup, it would be perfect for a cold Edmonton winter.


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

Overall Satisfaction: 3/5


Thanh Da Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Pho Kim

Hello boys and girls!

For all my Jewish friends, Happy (3rd day of) Hanukkah!  I was very lucky on my first Hanukkah and received a home cotton candy maker.  Tested it out the first night and it was fantastic, sugary goodness!  Next up is Pho Kim on 6655 178 Street out in Callingwood.


Pho Kim is in a nice convenient complex consisting of many different cuisines of food in a small area, and from reading on Urbanspoon, a lot of these restaurants are pretty decent, time to try out how the Vietnamese food is in this area.  Here they serve ‘Satay Rice Noodle Soup with Beef’ for $9.95 plus $1.50 for extra large.  The broth is a cloudy pale brown drizzled with rich orangey chili oil.  Within the soup there’s lettuce strips, tomatoes, cucumbers and green and white onion slices.  The broth is very rich tasting with savoriness, there’s a smack of sweet coconut milk flavour throughout the soup and it’s not spicy at all.  There’s a lot of very soft, somewhat overcooked noodles and a lacking of chewy beef pieces.  There is a lot of food for the extra large size and the bowl is very deep which causes some problems near the end of the meal as it gets hard to scoop out the broth.  Overall, the meal at Pho Kim is pretty good and well worth a visit, their Satay Beef Noodle Soup is well made and worth of trying.


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

Overall Satisfaction: 3.5/5

Pho Kim Long Authentic Vietnamese Noodle House on Urbanspoon


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