For a while I was exploring various pho places to find a new “go to” pho spot. While I’m still open to checking out new places and there are still many I need to visit, I’ve sort of settled on pho cow cali as my “go to” spot. You can read about my first visit here. I thought I had taken a picture of the menu on my last visit, so I didn’t take pictures of the menu this time but apparently I didn’t take pictures of the menu last time. Oops.

I like the friendly service, the extra long egg rolls, and the large amounts of meat in my pho. This spot is also very kid friendly as they have a helium tank to make balloons for the kids to take home. This little extra treat for the kids actually is more of a negative for me. I’ve never liked those helium tanks and am very jumpy around them because I hate the sound of balloons popping.

I had gotten used to the machine in the last few visits, but on this visit, a little boy was standing right next to me when his balloon popped. My left ear was ringing for hours after. Surprisingly, the kid didn’t even cry. He just stared in disbelief at what had happened to his balloon and then went and got a new one a few moments later. I’m pretty sure I would have been bawling at that age had it happened to me.

Anyhow, we ordered the egg rolls as usual. The eggrolls here are extra long compared to the eggrolls at other pho spots and they are fried just right (some places have ones that are sort of burned looking). I think the filling is just perfect, not too salty and not too bland. There are actually 6 per order but I forgot to take a picture at the beginning.

My usual order is #15 (tripe and rare steak). I only took a picture of my bowl of pho and no one else’s because they all pretty much look the same.

Here are the various garnishes to put in the soup including the saw-leaf herb I like.

BF chose a broken rice dish. I think I took a bite but I don’t remember. He seemed to enjoy it a lot though.

Pho Cow usually gives a discount in the receipt for the frozen yogurt shop next door which has the most adorable little hamster icon, where you only pay $.25/oz for the yogurt.

We went over after to get some dessert, but apparently they changed the system. Rather than charging by weight, they have set cup sizes and you can fill to your heart’s content on yogurt and toppings. The prices are very reasonable. I didn’t take a picture, but it was something like $2.00 for an extra small, $2.20 for a small, $3.20 for a medium, and around $5 for a large.

It reminded me of the  fast food mongolian bbq food places and I had brief flashbacks of stuffing my bowl full of raw ingredients and trying to cram as much as possible into my bowl.

I didn’t do that here. But I did get a lot of yogurt and my favorite toppings for ~$2.20. I filled up mainly on taro yogurt and the pastel colored mochi balls.

Little brother managed to make stack quite a bit of yogurt in his cup (also a size small).

Pho Cow Cali Express
9170 Mira Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 271-8341
www.phocowcaliexpress.com

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A few of my readers have suggested that I try aebleskivers, which are danish pancakes. I’ve been wanting to try making them but they require a special pan to obtain the spherical shape.

I was hesitant to buy a pan just to make danish pancakes especially since I didn’t even know how they tasted. However, I finally pulled the trigger when I saw ones sold on Amazon for a reasonable price and I realized I could also  use this pan to make takoyaki (octopus balls which are a popular Japanese appetizer).

I purchased this Norpro Panand I used it this weekend. The pan worked well and the aebleskivers came out beautifully. They were light, fluffy and you can make them plain or fill them with jam or other filling. I filled mine with nutella. These made a perfect Saturday morning breakfast. I loved the shape and the ability to just pop one into my mouth.

I used a recipe I found on Christine’s Recipes for dutch pancakes, which is similar to danish pancakes. You can view the recipe here. The recipe was easy to whip together and I had all the ingredients on hand.  I followed the recipe as is, and then added some nutella to the middle after filling the pan with batter. I put some powdered sugar on top as well before serving.

I recently was contacted by CSN stores offering to let me do a product review. I’ve received the offer many times in the past and always love this opportunity. Basically I get to choose an item (within a certain price amount) from one of their numerous online stores and I get to keep it and review it.

CSN stores is made up of hundreds of online stores which sell everything from kitchen supplies to office furniture. I haven’t quite decided what I’ll be reviewing this time. I always love adding gadgets to my kitchen but I could add some new things to the other areas of my home as well. Stay tuned for my review!