10302 135 St， Surrey
I love Pho, and it's always on my back up list for places to eat. When I use to go to UBC, Gold Train Express has always been a favorite. When I use to live in Coquitlam, we liked to go to Pho 99. And now I moved to Surrey, I am once again searching for a new place. Awhile ago, Sherman's Food Adventures blogged about a place call Pho Tam, and luck for me it just so happen to be in Surrey and relatively close to me. I decided I need to check it out before I head out for my holiday and I am so glad I did.
It's located literally right beside Surrey Central Skytrain station. So it was easy to find, but as we drive around trying to find a way in to the parking area was another story. So in the end we parked beside Safeway. As Sherman already noted, parking is very limited. When we got there, we were greeted by a big line up, this was a good definitely a good sign, as there is another pho restaurant 3 doors down without any lineup. So I went in with some high expectations.We were seated near the front door which caused a draft every time the door was opened. So if you can, try to get a seat else where in the restaurant, but we had no choice as the restaurant was packed to the maximum. Right after we ordered, they brought out the usual combination of bean sprout, fresh basil, jalapeno and lime. From what I can see, the vegetables looked fresh, this was a good sign.
We started the meal with a spring roll which we got as part of a combo. They had a promotion for any large pho with a spring roll for $8.95. The spring roll was very good. It was fried to a golden crisp with loads of vegetables and ground pork. I also liked the rice wrap they used compare to the ones that uses egg roll type wrap.I got number 9 which include well done beef slice, brisket and tendon. They have a large($7.50??) or a small($6.50) and this is a small. I was satisfied by the looks of it, since the broth seems to be pretty light with no visible oil bubbles floating on top. They loaded with lots of meat, and the best part is simply the broth. It was slightly sweet with a strong beefy taste. It also had just the right amount of salt as well. I have to say, it is definitely one of the best broth I had in awhile.
R ordered the chicken pho, but they misunderstood and brought him the chicken ball pho. He didn't want to complain, so ate it anyways. His broth tasted different from mine. It was lighter but still good. Their noodle was pretty good as well, it was cooked to the right consistency and it was not sticking together like some other places.
This is definitely now on my 'pho sure' list ;), which means I will be back to dine here when craving pho. They do have one of the best broth around, but I do feel a little thirsty afterward. This means they probably do use a little MSG to enhance the flavor of their soup which I find a lot of places do the same. Just a side note, there are no concrete research/evidence that shows MSG is bad for you, I think it's more of a hype created by the public than anything else.