Breathe in the exotic blends at Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Cuisine
While not well known in many circles, Vietnamese cuisine has plenty of die-hard adherents, especially for pho, that noodle dish praised equally for its fragrance and flavor. Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen in the Rio, under the watchful eye of chef Henry Chan, gives everyone a chance to experience the cultural deliciousness.
Pho Da Nang, conveniently located near the sports book, presents plenty of Vietnamese options, but also has other Asian favorites, too. The menu is broken down into four sections: appetizers and soups, pho and noodles in soup, wok noodles and fried rice, and rice plates. There is also a frequently changing specials board that is a must for perusing, as you’re sure to find something to pique your interest there.
You may want to try a fresh Thai iced tea to accent your meal. The oh-so-refreshing beverage uses a tea base, with other ingredients like star anise or tamarind often added. It is mixed with sugar and condensed milk, and here it is served with little boba balls. It’s a quick, sweet energy boost.
Appetizers are a strong point here. On the more traditional side of Vietnamese items, the fried egg rolls are delicious. This is really the Vietnamese specialty cha gio, which utilizes rice paper as the wrapper, giving the roll both a light and extra crispy texture, letting the diced veggies and ground meat inside shine even more. Wrap the whole thing in lettuce and dip it in fish sauce for a plethora of flavors and textures.
Another good starter is Thai chicken with lettuce wrap, which is an extremely popular Asian-style dish in America. Butter lettuce acts as vessel while small chunks of chicken flavored with hoison, cilantro and peanut fill out the interior. Strands of crispy rice noodles sit on top.
Nosh-Pho Da Nang
There are many types of pho, including pho sate, which was on the specials board during a recent visit. Here the traditional Vietnamese soup mashes up with an Indonesian sauce to create a unique offering. Beef broth, rice noodles and thinly sliced beef are kicked up a notch with sate sauce swirled throughout the bowl. The smooth peanut sauce matches well with the pho and coats the beef perfectly.
Order charbroiled chicken with steamed rice, known as com ga nu’o’ong, and you’ll experience comfort food at its finest, with the nicely grilled fowl maintaining plenty of flavor throughout. Vegetarians should consider braised tofu and vegetables, as the large chunks of bean curd sop up the braising sauce.
Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen has some really nice Vietnamese choices and an equal amount of other solid Asian favorites. It’s a relaxing, satisfying spot, well worth a break from the sports book.
Rio, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat. 702.777.7777