Got Pho is a Vietnamese Restaurant located on Nanaimo Street just half a block down from Bon’s off Broadway. The restaurant’s reference to the Got Milk campaign is cheesy enough to turn some people away. But I’ve been to this location before under a different name and different owners. The food was decent then and if the new owners haven’t tinkered with the formula too much, then Got Pho should show some promise.
(Above: Bun Bo Hue, a Spicy Beef and Pork Noodle Soup.)
The Bun Bo Hue — a spicy beef noodle soup made with shrimp paste — as I recall, was particularly well done. I suggested Tre give it a whirl. The spicy beef noodle soup was delicious with a perfect balance of beef broth, shrimp paste and lemon grass. Bathing in the broth were slices of fish cakes, pork, beef, onions and rice noodles, finally topped off with cilantro. The soup was accompanied with bean sprouts, mint leaves, cabbage and fried slivered shallots (a rarity).
(Above: Modest accommodations at Got Pho?)
For myself, the lemon grass pork chop with meatloaf and shredded pork on broken rice. The lemon grass pork chop was very tender and a bit fatty, just the way I like it. I could taste the lemon grass throughout each bite although I saw no remnants of it. The meat loaf made out of eggs was nice and fluffy and tasted homemade. As for the shredded pork, it was crunchy and had a subtle, distinctive flavour.
(Above: Lemongrass Pork Chop, homemade Meatloaf, shredded Pork on broken rice.)
Our bill including taxes and tips came to just under $19, which we felt was a good deal given the quality of dishes. The staff were friendly and the patrons much tamer than in its previous past. If you’re ever in the area, Got Pho is worth a try, despite its kitschy name.
Perfect for: Good, no frills Vietnamese grub that’s down to earth.
2523 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
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