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Restaurant Review: Pho Hoa

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Pho, pronounced “fuh,” is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Purchased at Pho Hoa in Dorchester. The soup pictured above is “pho dac biet,” a variation containing multiple types of meat. 

Pho Hoa is a Vietnamese restaurant located right in the heart of Dorchester in Fields Corner. This neighborhood is known for its longtime Vietnamese population throughout several decades. Therefore, it is not surprising that this great jewel of authentic Vietnamese kitchen has its location right here.
However, although the restaurant is located in Dorchester, which is usually associated with mostly cheap eateries, this restaurant stands out as it has put great effort in design of the interior. It almost gives the customers the feeling of dining in one of those fancy restaurants in Back Bay. It is not overbearing with the typical cliché decor that so many Asian restaurant seem to have. Instead, the dining room follows a sleek and simple decoration making it appear rather upscale.
Aside from lavish looks, the food itself is rather affordable, ideal for anyone with a college student budget. There are only three items on the menu that cost more than $10, which might come to the surprise of many, considering the quality of the food and the good service.
This restaurant sticks to its concept of serving authentic Vietnamese food and does not drift off into other Asian cuisine, such as Chinese food. There is not one single item on the menu that is not truly Vietnamese. In fact, all dishes are listed in their original Vietnamese name with an English description below it.
There are plenty of variations of the traditional “pho” offered. Pho, for anyone not familiar with the Vietnamese cuisine, is a noodle soup with different meats, bean sprouts, basil, lime, hot chili pepper, onions, scallions, and cilantro in it. In short – it is the perfect meal for a cold, Boston winter day. Apart from other soup dishes, Pho Hoa also offers noodle and rice dishes. Not a soup fan? Not to worry. This place has many other choices to enjoy, like the grilled chicken entrée pictured. For all vegetarians, this restaurant also offers a great selection of meat-free dishes. Vegans might find some options in the many different soups that are offered here as well. Since many of the other dishes include fried food, vegans might have to ask what kind of oil is used to fry the tofu and vegetables.
Overall, anyone who likes Vietnamese cuisine or likes to try out new food will enjoy their time at Pho Hoa. The price range allows for any and all college students to travel to Vietnam, even if it’s only for a meal.
Information:
Pho Hoa Restaurant
1370 Dorchester Avenue (Fields Corner T stop)
Dorchester, MA 02125
http://phohoarestaurant.com/
Tel: 617-287-9746
Hours of Operation:
Sun – Thu 9:00AM to 10:00PM
Fri – Sat 9:00AM to 11:00PM