I wasn’t really a fan of Vietnamese food. Until one day, when I was introduced to Pho Hoa, I found myself going back to it over and over again for the past few years. I have only tried a few of their dishes – Pomelo Shrimp Salad, Mango Prawn Salad, Spring Rolls, Beef Stew, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Beef Brisket – but they are enough to make me drool every time I think about the restaurant.
I’m pretty sure there are a lot more popular Vietnamese restaurants in the metro that I either haven’t tried or I don’t know about (except Ba Noi’s and Zao), but Pho Hoa for me is the real deal! Especially when it comes to the best chicken noodle soup I have had in my whole existence! HAHA!
There are quite a number of Pho Hoa branches all over Metro Manila, but the Greenbelt branch is the one my boyfriend and I always frequent. Even though it gets a bit cramped sometimes, it doesn’t matter! As long as I get to have my favorite noodle soup, then I’m all good!
Their Pho Ga (P285/small) – chicken noodle soup – is the real meaning of Happiness in a Bowl and is always served fresh and hot. The flavors of the soup are just perfect for my taste, sprinkled with the right amount of herbs and spices plus a generous amount of greens and chicken bits, and coupled with a satisfying portion of chewy rice noodles. I literally go Ahhh sobrang sarap talaga! (Really, really good!) or Panalo! (Winner!) in every bite!
Their recipe is good enough on its own but you can choose to add bean sprouts, basil leaves,and a squeeze of lemon that comes with the bowl, as well as Sriracha sauce for an added flavor.
Goi Tom Xoai (P275). Salads usually serve as an appetizer. But sometimes, it works as a perfect way to end a perfect meal. Don’t you just love the look on this lip-smacking, delicious mango prawn salad?
Although the taste is a bit on a typical side, there’s something in it that makes me not want to stop eating. I love how fresh and tasty each of the ingredients is – greens and carrots are crunchy, mangoes are sweet, shrimps are juicy despite being grilled, peanut sauce is tasty – that when eaten together, it’s like a party in the mouth! It is really a delight to the palate! Hmmm.
I’ve been to a lot of Pho Hoa branches and not one fails to satisfy my cravings. They constantly serve quality food any time, anywhere. Although the service varies – sometimes they’re nice sometimes they’re evil. Haha! Still, I would always pick Pho Hoa whenever I want to eat healthy and delicious.
Curious yet? 🙂 If you haven’t tried it, I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something light but enjoyable to eat or if you simply crave for anything Vietnamese.
LOCATION: G/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati
For other branches, check their official site: Pho Hoa Noodle Soup