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Saturday, February 11, 2017

PHO SAIGON

PHO SAIGON
1538 KAPIOLANI BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-955-1069
HOURS:  Daily 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

With heavy showers pounding Honolulu the temperature dropped into the 70's on this day.
So cold we had to have some Vietnamese Pho to warm us up.  I love Pho and Pho Saigon on Kapiolani serves up one of the best bowls I have tasted in Hawaii.  Its up there with the best of them and far better than most.  We started with what I always eat at Vietnamese restaurants; Spring Rolls ($14).  Thought $14 was a bit high priced for an order of Spring Rolls as the last place I ordered them they were around ten bucks.  The Spring Rolls were lighter than most with not much crunch.  Flavor for me was just ok.  Always like wrapping these in lettuce with a bit of mint and hot sauce.  My Daughter ordered Rare Steak and Beef Ball Pho ($12) and she loved it.  I went for Rare Steak and Flank Steak Pho ($12) and thought it was one of the best Pho's I have tasted.  Great broth and nice portions of meats.  UPDATE 3/12/17 - Returned for second visit to Pho Saigon because I was craving a Banh Mi Sandwich.  Went for the Special Saigon Sandwich ($9) with Vietnamese Ham and Char Siu.  The bread was so fresh and warm that it made the sandwich.  A little crunch on outside but soft and warm on the inside.  The best thing about this sandwich was the Pickled Vegetables and Fresh Cilantro.  Really good but missing one thing to make it great.  What was great were the Make Your Own Grilled Beef Rolls ($20).  This was a great meat dish for twenty bucks.  More than enough Beef and Vegetables for a few people.  The Beef was marinated perfectly and grilled and charred on the edges.  The basket of vegetables served with the beef was awesome.  Fresh Lettuce, Bean Sprouts, Pickled Vegetables, Mint, Basil and Cucumbers.  Also served with Noodles and Peanut Sauce.  Wrap all this up in the Rice Paper and make a burrito.  So light, fresh and delicious.  The Papaya Salad with Shrimp ($14) was also light and fresh.  A little too much dressing for my liking on this visit but really good.  

PHO SAIGON ON KAPIOLANI BLVD KEEPS PRETTY BUSY
FULL BAR PLUS BEER AND WINE AVAILABLE
PHO SAIGON MENU









SPRING ROLLS
I LIKE SPRING ROLLS WITH HOT CHILI SAUCE
YUMMY!
RARE STEAK AND BEEF BALLS PHO
RARE STEAK AND FLANK STEAK PHO
BEAN SPROUTS, JALAPENOS, LEMON AND BASIL GO INTO THE PHO
ADDED THE SIDES AND A BUNCH OF HOT SAUCE
NICE AMOUNT OF MEAT IN THE PHO
LIKED THE SPECIAL HANDLE ON THE SPOON THAT KEEPS SPOON FROM FALLING IN
PUSH BUTTON NEXT TO TABLE ALLOWS YOU TO NOTIFY THE WAITER WHEN YOU WANT SERVICE

 TRIED THE BANH MI SANDWICH SPECIAL ON SECOND VISIT

 THE FRESH WARM BREAD AND CRISP VEGETABLES MADE THIS A GOOD SANDWICH

 VEGETABLES FOR THE GRILLED BEEF MAKE YOUR OWN ROLLS

 LOTS OF GRILLED STEAK FOR THE ROLLLS

 RICE PAPER ROLLS WITH WARM WATER IN A SINGLE CONTAINER

 DIP THE RICE PAPER IN THE WARM WATER AND THEN FILL WITH BEEF AND VEGETABLES

 GREAT SELECTION OF FRESH VEGGIES MAKE THIS SO GOOD

 CREATE YOUR OWN BEEF ROLL

 WRAP IT ALL UP IN THE MOISTENED RICE PAPER

 FRESH - HEALTHY AND LIGHT MEAL THAT THE ENTIRE FAMILY LOVES

 GREEN PAPAYA SALAD WITH SHRIMP

 CRACKER TYPE THING SERVED WITH PAPAYA SALAD

COULD NOT LEAVE VISIT #2 WITHOUT SOME MORE OF THE DELICIOUS PHO

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