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.