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Beef Pho/Ron Knerr

Pho Kitch'n

When the weather starts cooling off and the days get shorter, soup becomes a more regular menu selection for many.  Recently I ventured to a local Asian restaurant serving up a delicious version of Vietnamese Pho soup (Pronunciation = “fuh”). In a previous column (March 2020), I described my introduction to Pho that occurred about 10 years ago at a Philadelphia coworker’s suggestion.

Pho comes in several varieties, but the base is a rich slightly seasoned bone broth with rice vermicelli noodles and your choice of protein – beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, or a vegetable alternative. The broth is created by extracting beef or chicken essence from beef or chicken bones in the presence of minimal but subtly flavor enhancing spices – including anise, cardamom, and cloves.  
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... the rest of Ron's column

Luckily there are two restaurants in my local area serving Pho and I recently sampled some at Pho Kitch’n on Ridge Pike in Trooper PA. In a building that had gone through several business iterations, the China Inn was replaced by Pho Kitch’n in July 2015. Two years into the venture, the owners sold the business to Laotian immigrant Bounthavy Chanthongthip, who had spent almost two decades in health care administration before taking over the Pho Kitch’n operation.

There’s seating for approximately sixty diners at tables and booths in a softly lit dining room accompanied by subdued music. Waitress table service was prompt and unobtrusive.  The Pho Kitch'n menu offers authentic and delicious tasting Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese cuisine with some recipe input from the owner’s family.  Appetizers offered include Spring Rolls, Edamame, Lettuce Wraps, Beef or Chicken Satay, and Bao Buns.  Soups include Tom Yum, Lemongrass Coconut, Wonton, and Seafood Soup with salads featuring Papaya, Lotus Root, or Tofu. Entrée selections covering the Asia region include Vietnamese Bun (Vermicelli) and Com (Broken Rice) with Chicken or Pork, Chinese General Tsao’s Chicken, Pepper Steak and Lo Mein, and Thailand’s Red or Green Curry, Mango Chicken, Lemongrass Chicken, and Pad Thai. The namesake Pho is offered with twenty different variations of the protein and vegetable ingredients.

 To start my meal, I selected the Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings which are typically constructed with pork and a noticeable portion of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, scallions). These dumplings were a bit different as it was primarily all ground pork and a lot less vegetables than expected. The dumpling was much larger than any I’ve ever had in the past with a dense portion of pork inside each well browned wrapper. (Steamed also available) A small side of pickled vegetables accompanied the dumplings. The dumplings were good, but a bit more vegetables mixed into the dumplings would have made the flavor profile a bit more interesting.

I chose a bowl of Beef Pho, made with Eye Round, Flank and Fatty Brisket slices (passing on the Tendon, Meatballs and Tripe options). Each cut of meat lent a slightly different beefy taste to the soup, with the thinly sliced Rare Eye Round slowly cooking in the steaming broth when delivered to the table.  The fatty brisket was sliced thin and the strips of fat on the margins provided a nice contrast in texture and flavor to the other beef cuts.  The huge serving was enough to make a satisfying meal at a reasonable price.

Hopefully some of our readers have taken the opportunity to sample Pho after I discussed it in a previous review.  I wished I had tried it years before my first taste, and I implore those adventurous diners to give it a try.

Rating 3.75/5
Pho Kitch’n
2614 West Ridge Pike
Trooper, PA 19403
(484) 965-9199
Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday  12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ron Knerr is a 30+ year cooking hobbyist who has been a “foodie” before the term was popular.  His home arsenal includes a smoker, a sous vide immersion heater, a sausage stuffer, and several crockpots.
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