Pho Tan Restaurant on Main and 30th

We did not have a specific place to eat out on a Saturday afternoon. So we tried to cruise down Main St in Vancouver knowing that there are a lot of cheap eats all along that street. We came upon this “new” restaurant called Pho Tan along Main and 30th Ave. We remember that there was a Chinese restaurant in this lot we tried many years back.

Click here for the Google Map of this restaurant.


We took a peek into the restaurant and saw that the decor was not bad at all. Most importantly, there were a lot of people in the restaurant — the food must be really good. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table, which is rarity for a Vietnamese restaurant.

For starters, we ordered the Stuffed Boneless Chicken Wings (Cinh Ga Rut Xuong). There are 3 wings in all. The skin were crispy and is stuffed with the kind of things you find in spring rolls. This dish is $6.50. It was very good and we recommend this.


Arkensen ALWAYS ordered the Pho with at least beef balls. So, this time he ordered the Pho with Sliced Rare Beef and Beef Balls. This pho was pretty much the same pho you get anywhere. This costs $5.85 for a large serving.


Suanne decided to go for something different. She ordered from the House Special menu — the Pho Ga Satay which is a satay chicken with rice noodle soup. The soup is made with peanut sauce and coconut milk. The soup has a slight sourish taste and had a strong hint of lemon grass. This is a spicy dish and costs $6.50.


For me, I ordered the Hu Tiu Mi (Kho Hoac Nuoc) which in English is Cambodian Egg Noodle. You have a choice of having this in soup or dry noodles. I ordered the dry version. There were a lot of big pieces of seafood: prawns, squid and imitation crab meat. The egg noodles tasted very fresh and lingers in your mouth. The large serving costs $6.50.


We will definitely make a return visit to Pho Tan. The food is good, the prices cheap, the place is clean and there are more on the menu we definitely want to try.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. LotusRapper

    Hmm, they all look great. The stretch of Main between King Edward and 31st is great with such diversity of eateries.

    I think the previous restaurant there was Philipino and was only there for a short time, before that it was a Chinese place.

  2. Bev

    Oh I’m so hungry now. These look so yummy. Cheers.

  3. Ben

    Hi there LotusRapper!
    You do know your eating places! You should start your own food blog!

  4. SeniorGato

    Awe, that looks so good. I guess I need to go get Vietnamese food today.

  5. LotusRapper

    Not sure where to place this comment but here goes. Ben, is it possible for you to make the comments listing on the right column such that we can click on the comment (or poster) and be re-directed to the original topic ? For example, if I clicked on any one of the 4 comments above (from homepage) it’ll direct me to the current page “Pho Tan Restaurant on Main and 30th” ?

    Just an idea. Thanks.


  6. Ben

    Hi LotusRapper: Is this what you had in mind? That was a great idea. Helps us greatly in responding to comments made on our blog.

  7. LotusRapper

    Excellent Ben. Precisely what I meant. Thanks a bunch.

  8. Sandy

    Hey all ! I’m the daughter of the owner of thi restaurant. We hope you will all come and enjoy our food!

  9. Braeden

    I went to this restaurant today and found a small cockroach in my soup. The place is not very sterile clearly

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