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What the Pho?

Local place has authentic Chinese and Vietnamese fare

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Buckle up, friends, and let’s go on a journey. Fear not the expansive title of Pho Dim Sum & Vietnamese; this friendly, local restaurant has the tastiest Asian goods around.

There are both traditional and new selections on the regular menu–everything from Bún (a cool noodle salad with meat and veggies) to broken rice and lots of fun dishes in between. Sip on a housemade kumquat soda or boba tea while you nosh. This place does it all.

The lotus root salad from the regular menu sounded fantastic. We ordered that with our first round of Dim Sum and let me tell you–this ain’t no wimpy salad. Thin slices of pork, shrimp cut lengthwise and lots of crunchy veggie goodness, including the refreshing lotus root. Fend off hunger with chopsticks, or load a variety of meats and veggies onto a little cup of puffed rice served on the side and eat it like a taco.

The Dim Sum cart, available only on Sunday, glides through the restaurant like a Prom Queen in a Model T. Your eyes follow her, trying not to be jealous. Since we’re talking Dim Sum, not an ’80s B-movie, catch the driver’s eye coquettishly. Don’t be over-eager. Let them come to you. As the server puts them before you, the steamer pots get better. An individual metal steamer has three to four bite-sized pieces of yum. Shanghai Dumplings–aka soup dumplings ($3.99–will melt in your mouth.

Pan-fried chive dumplings ($3.99) are crisp outside with a flavorful filling inside. A surprise in the shrimp-stuffed tofu is a full, round lychee fruit at the center ($4.50). To-die-for shrimp-stuffed eggplant ($4.50) covered in a rich brown sauce wowed the toughest critic at the table–it’s not always me! The crunchy fried shrimp ball ($4.50) and soft steamed pork bao buns ($3.99) finished us off. I’m almost overwhelmed at the telling!

One final dish, dear reader, and I hope you won’t think any less of me, but I’ll be honest. I had my first experience with chicken feet and I’ve gotta say–you can do this. Originally, I thought that the whole foot–skin, bones, sauce and all–was eaten. Turns out, just gnaw off the black bean-seasoned flesh from the bones! It’s like the Asian version of crawfish; time-consuming, with little reward at the end, but tasty! An order ($3.99) is enough for the table to give it a go–try at least one foot.

Pho Dim Sum has been around for a while, and it really should take its spot as a one of the best Dim Sum spots in town. There are admittedly few places serving the hot pockets of joy, but this restaurant is among the better ones.

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If you have a recommendation or know of a new place, shoot me an email at biteclub@folioweekly.com.

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