It was dinner outing time again with the Asians and we decided on Pho Grand in Chinatown. Pho Grand specializes in Vietnamese food, which is something that I haven’t blogged about yet. Viet in Chinatown tends to be pretty abundant and very cheap. We like Pho Grand because they’re big enough to accommodate our large party (around 20 people) and they’re fast and clean.
I always start off Viet dinners with a Summer Roll, which is shrimp, vermicelli and vegetables wrapped inside rice paper ($3.75). These big rolls come with a peanut dipping sauce. The dipping sauce at Pho Grand is unrivaled, in my opinion. I have been to several other Viet restaurants in Chinatown and have not been able to find a peanut sauce that is better than this place. For that reason alone, I will continue to come here.
The boyfriend and a friend decided to share a large order of their spring rolls, which comes with 8 pieces ($7.45). Each order comes with a fish roe dipping sauce and lettuce to wrap the spring rolls in. These spring rolls are very different than the standard Chinese takeout spring rolls. These are a lot smaller but a lot crunchier because they’re deep-fried.
My entrée was their Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong or spring rolls & grilled pork with lettuce on rice vermicelli ($7.25). This dish features the shredded lettuce under a bed of vermicelli noodles. Grilled pork and cut up spring rolls are then scattered over the noodles. You’re meant to pour the fish roe dipping sauce over the noodles and toppings and eat it all together. This has always been my go to at Viet restaurants because it’s so good! You get some spring rolls and you also get grilled pork, which is another Vietnamese staple.
For under $10, you can eat like a king at Pho Grand, which is the reason why our club comes here at least once a year. The service is always quick and majority of the waiters speak enough English to understand you if you don’t speak Chinese.