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A quick introduction before I start, I'm Vince otherwise known as that guy that knows Matt with the long hair.

Okay here's the run down: Pho Van, neon lights, check, TV playing Vietnamese variety shows, check, large ass aquarium, check.

This is one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants, I pretty much go there once a week. The noodle soups here have good flavor, the lemongrass chicken is also good (but I found a better joint for lemongrass chicken I'll do another post on that one later). My favorite dish on the menu is the vermicelli bun (you have the option to order it with rice) hands down one of the best buns I've had with the exception of the buns I had in Hanoi.

In case you don't know what a Bun is, it's pretty much a big ass noodle salad topped off with deep fried goodness as Matt would say. I ordered the number 24 which has the bun with a spring roll and grilled pork for $7.40. I believe the full name is Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio but I just call it the number 24.

My girlfriend isn't a fan of Vietnamese food, but I got her into the Buns at this joint. We ended up ordering the exact same dish that night because we both didn't want to share. At least we didn't have to do that thing where couples swap plates half way through the meal.

It's not a first date spot, but a good spot to bring a first date to see if she's a gold digger.

Pho Van
3370 Fraser Street
Vancouver BC

Love,

Vince

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Anonymous said... @ October 2, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Always looking for good bun, and I've wondered about this place when I go to Bee Kim Heng for my pork jerky fix nearish by -- thanks Vince

grayelf

Anonymous said... @ October 8, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Vince, just wondering if you've ever tried Thai Son on Broadway (across from Kingsgate Mall) and if so, I'm interested in how the two restuarants compare? Thai Son is one of the few places where I've been able to find a decent bowl of pho in the city... other than my mom's kitchen that is.

Cheers and thanks for the review!

vince.chan said... @ October 19, 2009 at 11:58 PM

I have tried Thai Son, quite a few times. I was there a month ago I got a noodle soup while my girlfriend got a Bun. The noodle soup I would say is comparable, but I do lean towards Pho Van, maybe because I'm just more used to it there but the bun isn't as good in my opinion.

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