Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pho 54

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Pho 54
2874 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95127
(408) 729-6633

After some not so great pho visits lately, one might think I would take a break from pho. But I forged on to find a good bowl of pho.  My search finally ended at Pho 54.  Too bad it's in San Jose. 

I've been to Pho 54 once before, but I don't really remember the food.

The menu at Pho 54 is pretty limited.  Other than pho, and a few rice dishes, they don't offer much more.  I'm always a bit taken aback when I open a pho menu in the Bay Area.  They tend to be about a dollar more in price compared to San Diego.  At Pho 54, a regular bowl was $6.20 and a large was $7.20 or something close to that.

The first good sign that I would be getting a good bowl of pho was the garnishes.  Not only did they offer the saw cilantro leaves (which I believe is called ngo gai), but the plates were heaped with garnishes.  This is a picture of one plate. 

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You can barely see the basil and sprouts since it is sitting on top of a mound of the cilantro.  We had two plates of these garnishes for six people.  There was enough to stir fry a dish of herbs. 

The broth looked a bit light in color, but the flavor was strong and beefy and tasted better than my last few pho experiences in San Diego.

Here's some pictures of the various bowls of pho my family ordered.

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Not much else to say.  The noodles were cooked just right.  There was plenty of meat, tendons, flank, etc. The broth tasted rich and beefy.  The service was your typical pho restaurant service.

 

5 Responses to “Pho 54”

  1. 1

    Kirk — December 29, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    Hi Kirbie – Is it just me, or does the Pho look very cloudy?

  2. 2

    Cliff — December 29, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    is cloudy good or bad?

  3. 3

    Kirbie — December 29, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    You know it’s odd. When I ate it, I didn’t think it looked cloudy. But when I was looking through my photos, that was my first observation too– that the soup looks really cloudy.

  4. 4

    chrome — December 30, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    Hello
    Its quite unique name ‘Pho 54′.Its new for me.Well I also like noodles soup.Its good to know about this restaurant.Thank you very much for sharing this with us.Have Happy and Healthy New Year.

  5. 5

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