Pho Quyên

This is, in my opinion, the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Tampa area.

Their food is excellent and their portions are enormous for the price.

I particularly like their noodle salad (Bun), I can eat this all day every day.

Bun

Bun

It is basically rice vermicelli with a drizzle of fresh green onion oil on a bed of fresh shredded lettuce, minced mints, julienne cucumbers, crisp bean sprouts, topped off with homemade pickled match stick carrots and daikon (long white radish), and garnished with toasted crushed peanuts and fried red scallions.

"Nuoc Man" with Hot Chili Garlic Sauce

"Nuoc Man" with Hot Chili Garlic Sauce

This noodle salad usually comes in a big bowl and it is accompanied by a dressing called, “nuoc mam,” which is translates to fish sauce. Now I know the sound of fish sauce is not very appealing but what it is like the concept of soy sauce, fermented soy beans soaked in some mixture of a salty brine, thus using the same concept with fish. It is prepared using a little bit of the “nuoc man” in a water based dressing with some sugar, apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime, and some finely minced garlic. This provides a very sharp and crisps taste that won’t leave you feeling heavy.

Drizzle The Dressing Onto Your Bowl of "Bun" (Noodle Salad)

Drizzle The Dressing Onto Your Noodle Salad

You take the small bowl of “nuoc mam” (fish sauce) and drizzle it over your bowl of noodle salad. You can add as much as you want to your noodle salad, it is all according to what taste good to you. Once you are done with the dressing, you have to give a good mix with your chop sticks and spoon.

Give It A GOOD MIXin'

Give It A GOOD MIXin'

and more MIXin'

and more MIXin

AND NOW... It is ready to EAT!

AND NOW... It is ready to EAT!

Another one of my favorite items on their menu is the Build-your-own Summer rolls, but I think they refer to it as spring rolls or egg rolls…can’t recall right now.

If you decide to get it, make sure you are either very hungry or have a friend with you because it is a lot of food. I have rolled a record number of 13 summer rolls from one order.

A Glimpse of Their Menu

A Glimpse of Their Menu

Regardless, it is an obcene amount of food for the price, about $10 for the Build-your-own rolls, and you get enough food for two people or for one person to eat twice.

They are very quick about getting your order down, whipping it up, and having all ready for you within 5-15 minutes but with that kind of service, don’t expect your servers to be very attentive to you.

On the Mega Yummo Scale, I would rate this restaurant at a Mega YummO-O-O-O, 4 Os out of 5. It is not perfect with their service but it is a heck of a deal for the food.

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