16033 108 Avenue , Surrey
You will never pass by this restaurant if you don't live in the area, and hence would never discover how good it is. Fortunately I do live in the area, and it's within walking distance. After moving here for more than 5 month, I finally tried out my local pho restaurant. It's not like I didn't want to try, I went once on a Saturday night, but it closed at 4:30pm, bummer.So finally on a Sunday night, I went with R to try it out. I told him it would be great if I can find a local place, since I love pho. The restaurant is one of the cleanest I've ever been too. The floor was not slippery or oily, the tables were clean and dry. In fact the interior reminds me of a Greek restaurant more than a Pho restaurant, except the condiments on the table.The spring roll was really long and skinny, compare to others. The skin was crispy, and the stuffing was the usual mixture of minced pork, carrot and spices. In general, the spring roll was good, it wasn't too crispy or oily. One cost $2.50, and 2 will set you back $4.
R also had their Vietnamese coffee. Since I don't drink coffee, I really couldn't tell the difference between this one and the others. All I can say is that it's some strong coffee. However I do like the fact that they give you a separate bucket of ice with tongs. It was very convenient, as you can control how much ice you want.Like all Pho restaurant, first came the side of bean sprout, jalapeno, basil and lime. All the vegetables are fresh. They were definitely not stingy with the basil. Nowadays, some restaurant don't even offer basil anymore.
I got number 12 small, tendon with flank/steak for $6.25. Their large size pho is $6.99. The broth is very clear, not a lot of oil floating on top. Although the broth is clear, it certainly does not lack in flavor, it had a strong beefy taste with a hint of sweetness, which indicate it has been boiling for a long time. The meat were tender, and cooked perfectly in the hot broth. However the portion for the noodle and meat are both smaller than the usual pho I have, but the quality makes up for it.The broth from the chicken pho was lighter than the beef pho. You can tell it's different, there were no beefy taste. It was even less oily than the one I had. R had number 19 which is a mixture of chicken meat and ball for $6.95 (small). For the meat, they use dark meat, which personally I prefer, as I find white meat lacks flavor. Just like mine, the quantity is smaller than what we usually get. However the quality was once again pretty good. The broth was light but flavorful, and not overly salty.
At first we were afraid the food would not be authentic, it turn out the owners are in fact Vietnamese. Overall, their food is solid, their service was good, but we were the only customer there. The restaurant was actually clean. Given the above, I will definitely come back for more. Also, it super close to me is definitely a plus.