Sunday, May 5, 2013

Restaurant Review: Pho Bay (Seoul, Korea)

Pho Bay with their signature hot jasmine tea in their cute little cups.

Pho Bay! These ubiquitous Vietname pho places dot the Seoul metro area in abundance, and are popular for their steaming bowls of chewy noodles, thinly sliced beef, crunchy bean sprouts, pungent cilantro and jalapeño slices all drowning hodge-podge in a savory broth. 

I love to get their beef pho and substitute the noodles with more bean sprouts for a satisfying carb-free meal, but on this occasion, I decided to go wild...

...by drinking some tea. 

Nom time! We went for the Vietnamese raw spring rolls with peanut sauce, shredded pork with rice and a crunchy fried spring roll, and pineapple and mushroom fried rice. 

This pho broth is the best. I could drink a gallon a day. Really aromatic.

Crispy fried spring roll with cabbage and carrots. So crunchy.

My absolute favorite dish to get: thinly sliced carrot, egg, cucumber, crab, shrimp, and rice noodles wrapped in lettuce and tied together with a thin rice paper wrapping. Raw and vegetarian.

I don't like the peanut dressing it comes with so I pour a bit of this spicy Vietnamese sauce on here and nom away.

A scientific dissection of the inside of the Vietnamese roll. 

Fried rice with egg, pineapple, mushroom, onion, and other goodies. These wasn't my dish but it looked yummy from afar. 

I didn't take a photo of my shredded pork and rice dish because I didn't eat it. It was a total waste of money (costing three times as much as the Vietnamese spring rolls) and the pork was utterly unappealing- it tasted like cardboard. I also hate when the ratio of protein to carbohydrates is completely unbalanced, which in this case was 3:1 in favor of the white rice. I just ended up ordering another Vietnamese spring roll set instead.

All in all, a yum place. I can't complain because this particular Pho Bay is located... drumroll please... in the basement of my building so I just take the elevator down and there it is. Convenience, I love you.

(Apologies to my international readers, this website is mostly in Korean)
Located in Sinyongsan, Gangnam, etc. They have like 20+ branches. 

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