On a chilly winter day, a hot bowl of noodle soup is pure comfort.
On this day, we decided to visit Pho Tan restaurant on Main Street. This is a small family run Vietnamese restaurant with locations in Kerrisdale, south Main and Burnaby.
My lunch companion picked the beef stew pho
And I went with a large bowl of rare beef and brisket pho
Pho is all about the broth. The noodles, the bean sprouts and the sliced meat needs to be fresh and of a good quality, yes, but broth is where all the effort goes. Pho Tan’s beef broth is excellent. I can taste the roasted onions, ginger and beef, and there’s a light accent with the spices. I’ve tried pho where the broth was weak and watery, other places where the spices were overpowering. It’s a nice balance here.
The rare beef and brisket sliced thin, the bean sprouts were lightly blanched but still al dente.
I’d probably frequent this place more if I lived or worked closer.