Friday, October 19, 2007

Pho Bien Hoa - Vietnamese Noodle House

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As the season transitions toward autumn and eventually into the frigid chill of winter we start to crave hot comforting food. And what is more comforting than a steaming bowl of noodle soup? Well, if you're looking for something different (and more flavorful) than the typical bowl of Campbells Noodle Soup, then look no further than a bowl of phở.

Phở, pronounced like "fuh", is a beef broth soup served with rice noodles and thin slices of beef. There are many variations, of course, such as meatballs, tendon, tripe, chicken, seafood, and even vegetarian. Each simmering bowl is typically served with a side bean sprouts, lime, basil and sliced jalapenos.

Phở Bien Hoa is tucked into a Swiss Village inspired strip mall just off of Redwood Road and 3500 South in Taylorsville. While the interior decor might be focused on the singular color of lime green, the menu has an expansive choice of over 26 variations of phở and an array of vermicelli dishes, rice dishes and appetizers.

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Crispy Fried Rolls -$2.95

These warm crispy fried rolls are addictive. Take em' for a little dip in the chili oil.

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Fresh Spring Rolls -$2.95

For something on the cool and refreshing side, try these fresh spring rolls dipped in the creamy flavorful peanut sauce. K has a certain fondness for anything dipped in peanut sauce, so this was right up her alley.

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Pho Do Bien (Seafood Noodle Soup) -$6.50

I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but this is one BIG bowl of phở. Phở-real!

K is the surf, and I'm the turf in our relationship, so she couldn't refuse the bowl of steaming seafood. This bowl is served with mussels, shrimp, Krab and we think some sliced scallops. The scallops (if that's what they were) were a little overcooked for our taste (we like them almost raw), but this was the perfect bowl of comfort for K on a crisp fall day.

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Pho Chin Nam (Beef Brisket and Flank Noodle Soup) -$6.50

I had to go for the Beef Brisket and Flank. In this bowl subtle hints of cinnamon and anise aromatics intermingled with the Thai basil and hearty beef stock. The thin slices of brisket and flank retained their rich beefy flavors in this hearty, and quite sizable, bowl of soup. Of course I added all of the jalapenos and a few generous dabs of chili oil, after all, it just isn't right until your noise starts running from all the heat.

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Pho Sidecar of Bean Sprouts, Thai Basil, Jalapenos, Lime Wedges and Saw Grass

A large helping of fresh and vibrant ingredients are brought table side to help augment your soups, if you so desire.

If you are looking for affordable comfort, head on over to the west side of the valley and slurp some tasty noodle soup. I'm already looking forward to my next visit...See you there.


Pho Bien Hoa
4146 South 1785 West
Taylorsville, UT 84119
(801) 969-2515
Open 7 days a week

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Blogger ryan said...

I miss you guys and it saddens me that I may never see you again. Oh well fate is what is what it is. You site if fcking rad, keep up the good work. K take care of E she needs a good friend.
I hope you two can cone an visit me one day once I have everything sorted out.

2:30 AM  
Blogger stuart said...

Making my mouth water as I read that J. Will certainly have to give them an investigation.

The vietnamese places I have been to so far in SLC have been a bit of a let down.

12:18 PM  
Blogger K&J said...


We miss you too. We'll get together and have a drink, or three when we are down in SoCal next time.

P.S., I still have the Dog Burrito video. I laugh everytime I watch it.

10:23 PM  
Blogger K&J said...


Thanks for visiting us. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Also, let us know if you find a Vietnamese place that you really enjoy...we're always looking for something new.


10:27 PM  
Blogger Stuart said...

I certainly will do. I must confess we are Thai food addicts but Vietnamese has always appealed as well.

I hope you don't mind I linked to your website on my own:

2:13 PM  
Blogger K&J said...


We're honored that you link to us.

It seems nowadays that SLC has at least one Thai restaurant per citizen. It's almost like a new one appears every day, which is a good thing because I love Thai food, but it makes it that much harder to choose where to go.

What's your go-to Thai spot?

7:27 AM  
Blogger Stuart said...

I know what you mean about the proliferation of Thai eateries.

We find Monsoon Thai on foothill great (lamplighter square?). It's owned by the same guy who owns Bangkok Thai on Main in Park City.

Rather than the average mom and pop place, its a bit more formal dining. E.g. white tableclothes, vast wine selection and top notch service.

If you check out their website ( they have a printable buy one get one free entree voucher, which can make it pretty inexpensive to eat there. It's the booze that adds up ;)

We actually had our wedding lunch there, we enjoyed it so much.

Other than that I've had hit and miss experiences. Pawitts (up in Holladay) is a more mom and pop place and the food is very authentic (see SPICY!).

2:42 PM  

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