Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties Dinner
As we were strolling around the new Glorietta for a place to eat dinner, my eyes got caught to a picture of green jelly topped with coconut milk. I made a mental note that I should try it so even though we passed by two more restaurants that serves Japanese and Chinese cuisines, we went back and entered Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties.
As I reviewed my blog, I realized that aside from the Marriott Hotel: Flavors of Asia post, this would be the first post that I’ll write about Vietnamese Cuisine. Pho bac mainly serves noodles but they also have spring rolls, banh mi (sandwiches), and rice meals.
Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties Goi Cuon Tom Thit – PHP 97
Fresh roll with shrimp and pork
We started our meal with fresh spring rolls. If it weren’t for the words shrimp and pork, I doubt that we would have ordered this. These bite size rolls were crunchy (vegies), tasty (shrimp/pork) and a dip to the peanut sauce provides this very refreshing feeling.
Onwards to the main dishes, we ordered two bowls of noodles. Before serving us the noodles, they served us this plate that contained mint leaves, bean sprouts and kalamansi. These can be used to augment the taste of your noodles. I find it genius to wrap the kalamansi in a net so it would hold the seeds when you squeeze the juice out.
Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties Four Seasons Noodle – PHP 180
With chicken, pork, sausage and egg, you can opt to call this an all-meat noodle. It came with thick rice noodles (flat-white colored). The broth had a light flavor but you can still taste how the ingredients helped achieve that flavor. The rice noodles can be slimy and elusive but if you manage to finish all of them, I’m sure you’ll feel very full.
Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties Duck Soup – PHP 250
Out of curiosity, I ordered this one. It had duck slices (a lot!), petchay (Chinese Cabbage) and thin yellow noodles. The broth had a stronger flavor compared to the four seasons noodle. I opted to add the three additives which gave it a minty, crunchy and hint of sourness taste (I didn’t understand anymore the flavor).
Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties Pandan Pudding – PHP 45
This would be the reason why we tried Pho Bac. I was expecting something similar to buko pandan but unfortunately, this was really different. It had the stickiness of a rice cake and upon eating it, it reminded me of bilo-bilo found in ginataan (Filipino dish). Although it wasn’t how I would imagine it to be, it was still a good way to end our meal.
I really enjoyed our dinner at Pho Bac. Aside from trying something new, it gives you this satisfaction that you are eating healthy food and you can further enhance the taste of your noodles by giving you many choices.
Till next time,
Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties
2/F Glorietta 2, Hotel Dr
Ayala Center, Makati
Restaurant by Location: Glorietta