Read my previous review of Thai Son Richmond here: Thai Son Richmond
And my review of Thai Son on Victoria here: Thai Son Victoria Drive
I had a really sore throat/mouth a few days ago. The only solution? Pho!! Since I wasn't feeling too well I didn't want to travel too far for food, so I rode my bike to Thai Son nearby!!
Since I was pretty hungry - I ordered a large pho - which was a bad decision LOL! I saw the small pho and I was like "Pftt, that's so small, I can totally finish a large one!!" ...yea that didn't happen. After polishing off the spring rolls I couldn't down another bite LOL! (Has my stomach gotten smaller?!!) NO!!!!
Ordering spring rolls probably wasn't the best idea because I my mouth was sore, but I just couldn't resist hehe. I can never turn down fried food!! ;)
After looking at the reviews on Urbanspoon I realized that I had unknowingly ordered the exact same dishes as Nosh&Nibble haha!! Their pho tai & a side order of spring rolls!! Great foodies think alike!! ;)
Thai Son is actually chain - with locations all over greater Van!! Their Richmond location use to be a Japanese restaurant - it's pretty evident judging by the decor! It's one of their more spacious locations - it's located on the second floor of a plaza, overlooking Garden City Road!!
Since the restaurant was pretty empty I asked to sit by the windows, and the waiter gave me the stink eye LOL!! Better lighting = better photos!! :D
I've also tried Thai Son's lemongrass chicken before, and it was really good - I like it better than their pho haha!! I've also tried their dry mixed noodles at their Victoria Drive location!! :)
Pho Tai - Large
Rare Beef & Tendon
Rare Beef & Tendon
The pho here is good - but it's not my favourite. The broth is fragrant and well seasoned - without the heavy use of msg. My only gripe was that most of my rare beef came fully cooked! There was only 2 measly pieces of tendon - which made me really sad cause the tendon is one of my favourite parts about pho!! I just love the texture and the chewiness hehe. The noodles were nice, appealingly al dente with bite!
Cha Gios $5.50 for 3
I prefer cha gios made with rice wrappers - but for a wheat wrapper version, this was pretty good!! For some weird reason I like how the spring rolls are flat LOL!! And the fact that they cut it up into 3 pieces, so it makes me feel like there's more!! The filling is moist and flavourful, and the exterior is crunchy and not at oily at all!
I always eat my bean sprouts separately - because I feel like it dilutes the taste of the broth LOL! Or is it just me? ;D