I think this is pretty synonymous with most Vancouverites, but I love heading down to the states for shopping! The prices are just so much cheaper than the stores that we have here in Vancouver, especially when it comes to clothing. So after spending a few hours at Nordstrom Rack and Alderwood mall in Lynnwood, my parents and I decided to stop by Pho36 for a cheap and fast meal.
A2 – Goi Cuon:
Their summer roll was big and well worth the price of just under 4 dollars, I believe. The shrimp was plump and had a nice snap to them. The rice wrapper wasn’t too thick and had a nice chewy consistency. ‘The vegetables were fresh and I really enjoyed this roll. The sauce was just a simple peanut sauce.
This isn’t on the menu on their website but I believe it was named “pho special” or something like that. The broth was too light and lacked any depth in flavours. The noodles were alright, not overcooked till it was mushy so that’s good. As you can see in the picture, there was barely any meat in this bowl of noodles.
C8 – Com Ga Nuong:
Grilled chicken served with rice and vegetables. The chicken was grilled nicely, with a lovely smoky taste. However, they were sliced very weirdly and some pieces were like little blocks so that kind of threw me off when eating it. The rice served alongside the chicken was a bit dry. Veggies were veggies.
N3 – Bun Thit Nuong, Cha Gio:
Grilled pork, spring roll, and salad served on vermicelli noodles. The pork had a nice smoky flavouring to it, but it was just a bit too dry and overcooked. The spring roll was good, flavourful and crispy without being too oily. There were A LOT of veggies for the salad but it tasted fresh and helped cut down the heaviness of the other components in the dish. The noodles were slightly overcooked.
In general, I enjoyed the food at Pho36. The prices are really cheap and the food is not bad. There are a few things that could use some improvement, but I still enjoyed the dishes. I do believe that pho is not their strongest point, so I would suggest ordering one of their other dishes!