Friday, June 13, 2008

Let's do Vietnamese at Pho Hoa

It has been two weeks since I've officially started my No-Rice diet. Don't ask me if it's working, I guess it is but I'm not sure. All I know is that it truly feels great to to be able to keep this (diet) going for as long as I can. Ha! Talk about being hard on myself ;)

Tonight was date night. As always, it takes us a while to finally decide on where to eat. Our normal conversation would go like this:
P: Where do you want to eat?
F: Anywhere, how about you?
P: Anywhere also, go choose na
F: You nalang
P: (getting hungry and impatient) dear, please choose na
F: ok fine, Pho Hoa (teehee)
So it was Vietnamese for us tonight. Luckily, we have a branch located nearby making it pretty accessible for us to visit anytime.

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup originated in the US of A and was brought here more than 10 years ago. Currently it has 15 branches located all around Metro Manila. Although, Pho Hoa is pretty much classified as a fast food-ish noodle house, I really enjoy dining here because of its great service and flexible food preparation.

I remembered the time when my family dined at Pho Hoa while mom was still recovering from her mild stroke and is following a very strict diet. We asked the server what type of soup stock is being used for the noodles and when we found out that it's made of beef broth which mom is not allowed to take, he (the server) immediately suggested that they can prepare a clear soup stock for mom's noodle soup. Although, it tastes more bland compared to the usual pho, at least mom was able to enjoy dining out without going against her doctor's advice.

Tonight, we got the Fresh Spring Roll (P106.40). This is one of my all-time favorites at Pho Hoa. I love dipping the fresh, crunchy spring roll into the peanut sauce before popping the entire thing into my mouth. mmmmmmm...yummy Ü

Paul and I also shared on a bowl of Pho Do Vien [Seafood Noodle Soup] (P218.40/P240.80) that comes in two sizes. What makes eating Pho exciting is whenever we fill up our bowls with fresh crunchy bean sprouts and basil leaves. I love how the herbal flavor of the basil stands out amidst the mildly salted noodle soup.

After my wonderful experience at Bawai's, I've grown addicted to Vietnamese Iced Coffee. I love it so much that even if it was 8 in the evening already, I still got it for my drink.

Dining at Pho Hoa makes skipping rice fun! Ü It's perfect also that they do not have additional service charge making all their efforts really genuine. YaY!

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup branches are located at the following areas: SM Manila, Robinsons Place Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Greenbelt 1, Paseo Center Makati, SM Megamall, Shangrila Mall, Robinsons Galleria, V-Mall Greenhills, Wilson St., San Juan (our favorite branch!), Eastwood City, SM City North Edsa, Trinoma, ATC and Tomas Morato.


  1. i love their spring rolls! i love pho hoa actually! :) try Zao too :)

  2. hi bong!! woah! that was a really fast reply :) I've tried Zao and is planning on a 2nd visit before i blog about it ;)

  3. My Pho Hoa favorite, aside from Pho bo is their cripy noodles (specially since Chowking discontinued it). Mmmmm.. Pho hoa. You should also try their fish (forgot what it's called. doh.)

    Masubukan nga ang iced coffee nila next time.

  4. hi nins!! wow! let me try the fish and the crispy noodles next time ;)

  5. I love Pho Hoa! Aside from the noodle soup, I also like the vermicelli bowl. :)


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