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Sunday, June 13, 2010

House of Pho - Sunnyvale

Eventhough reviews on Yelp weren't exactly flattering for this establishment, we decided to check it out ourselves.

The location was very good actually, on El Camino in the heart of Korea Town. Almost next to Korean Palace BBQ. Parking lot only had a few cars when we got there. It's past lunch time so we didn't expect too many people. When we walked in we were surprised by the decor and furniture they use. There were all maple color and seemed very clean. Either they have it recleaned after the previous restaurant (supposedly Midori) or they changed everything.

I decided on mi kho dac biet (yellow noodle with special sauce), hubby ordered hu tie hai san (seafood rice noodle soup) and we're sharing spring roll. While waiting for our orders that seemed to take longer than usual pho joint we took time looking around us. After we came in, a few more parties arrived and the place was pretty busy now.

My order came and first thing I thought was how small it looked. Well, it was dry noodle so there's no soup to cover it up. My noodle came with a plate of bean sprout but no soup. My soup came later after hubby's noodle soup came. Hubby's noodle soup was decent but lack of greens. We both like greens on our soup. There were a few cilantro came with the bean sprout but we could use some celery also. All in all, my bowl had quite an amount of condiments, four big slices of chicken breast meat, half a fish ball, two medium size prawn, a piece of squid. But there's no special sauce. Maybe I was mistaken, but I was sure the menu said special noodle with sauce.

The spring roll was pretty good. Not the best because the sauce was so thin we barely able to pick it up with our roll.

All in all, it was a mediocre experience. If we happened to be in the area of Santa Clara, we still wouldn't just go back because there was Pho Nam down the road and Pho Thanh Long (at San Tomas) that were better.

House of Pho
1066 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087  (408) 260-8410