King Noodle Pho Hoang: 10615 97 Street, open 10-9 everyday but Tuesday, CASH ONLY
As Mike reminded me last night over our steaming bowls of phở , I have always been nuts for Vietnamese cuisine. It’s a true shame we never got to Vietnam on our tour of Asia last year, as I really wanted to go and eat. And eat. And eat some more.
Anyhow, he reminded me that we mostly ate Vietnamese when we hung out as ‘friends’ in that awkward pre-dating stage. I’m not sure why; probably because it was cheap, fresh, and healthy…plus I liked it. We’ve now moved on to mostly consuming Ethiopian as our ethnic food of choice when not scouting places to review, but King Noodle / Pho Hoang is still a frequent dining location.
The reasons? It’s inexpensive (2 can dine for well under $20) and the food is just amazing. Skip the vermicelli bowls and spring rolls and go right in for the huge bowls of soup. They are the only reason to come.
The decor leaves a little to be desired, but you aren’t really there for that. Turnover at the tables is quick, so if you are waiting for one, do not despair. Most people eat and then get out.
Why yes, that IS a model ship!
There are a number of combinations, but all soups feature rich delicious beef broth, a lot of meat and rice noodles with a healthy handful of cilantro and onions. The broth is what makes it better than any other pho place in town.
The meat comes in all varieties; beef balls, brisket, flank, steak, tripe, tendon – the list goes on. Extra meat for a buck if you’re feeling it, and most bowls can be had in two sizes, small and large. This is good since Mike has a much larger stomach than I do.
The soup comes out quickly, and the tender beef is often still rare and pink, waiting for you to dip it into the broth to cook it. Load up with chilis, bean sprouts, basil, lime or a number of other condiments and you’re set.
I got the number 10 (brisket and flank steak) small and Mike got a large 26 – beef balls, flank and tendon. He said he’d get all beef balls if he could.
Sometimes I’ll even get a lemon condensed milk soda to accompany my hot soup and green tea.
Quick, delicious and inexpensive, King Noodle truly is the king of noodles in Edmonton.
…unless they happen to have no mo’ pho