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I <3 Pho Asian Cuisine

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I ❤ Pho Asian Cuisine – 4715 High Point Rd

No matter where you come from, I think it's safe to say that nothing hits the spot on a cold rainy day like a big bowl of warm soup.

I Love Pho

My first introduction to pho was in Springfield, VA outside of Washington DC. M was working in DC at the time, but I was still in school. I’d come up to visit her Thursday and stay through the weekend, and to pass the time on Friday I would go eat at different ethnic restaurants. Hey, we all have our things.

toppings

Pho is a broth based soup filled with rice noodles and your choice of meat, including some interesting choices like ‘tendon’. The first thing to come out when you order pho is a huge basket filled with fresh basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, lime and jalepeno slices. At this point you realize you probably made a good decision.

Pho

The soup that follows is a mix of familiar and new, with rice vermicelli noodles, meat (in this case brisket and flank), maybe a few onion slices and plenty of rich and heady broth. It’s like your mom bringing you a bowl of chicken noodle soup when you have a cold, if your mom was Vietnamese. Maybe she is, I don’t know!

At this point you can doctor your pho up however you choose with any of the above accouterments, as well as hoison sauce, sriracha, fish sauce and other options. I ❤ Pho also offers a variety of stirfried dishes and other entrees. M ordered the lemongrass chicken noodle bowl, which was killer as well.

lemongrass chicken

If you’re looking for good Vietnamese in Greensboro, especially good pho, you’ve got to try I ❤ Pho.

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Tu Quynh Vietnamese Restaurant

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Had the chance to check out a Vietnamese place I had been wanting to try.  Right inside the Super G Mart off W. Market is a Vietnamese restaurant – Tu Quynh.  I was lured in by my craving for a delicious sandwich called a banh mi.

Banh mis consist of meat, in this case roast pork, a smear of pate, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, jalepenos, fish sauce, and usually mayo – although this one was mayo free.  Needless to say, there’s a lot of flavors going on.  However, something about the combination makes them incredibly good.  They’re usually cheap too.  Mine was $3.50, which is actually on the high side.

The restaurant is a small little place.  They’ll give you menus if you are eating there or you can order at the counter to go.  One of the cool things about this place was their drink selection.

I tried the sugarcane drink in the bottom left.  It was very sweet, and had an intense citrus flavor like you bit into an orange peel, including that bitter flavor you get.  It made sense when I asked the guy about it.  They blend sugar cane and whole oranges to order and strain out the liquid.  it was interesting, although next time I’d probably order something else.

And being the fat kid healthy eater that I am, I also ordered an order of spring rolls.  They were packed with the usual cellophane noodles, basil, mint, shrimp, chicken, and came with the hoisen/peanut dipping sauce.  One is missing in that picture.

I am looking forward to returning and trying some of their other dishes, like the rice noodle with sour pork hash, whatever that is!