Pho Express Angkor – Thai Chicken Satay
My first visit to Pho Express Angkor wasn’t planned. Actually, I had wanted to try the Naan Bites in Queensborough Landing but that place was so busy that I had to find an alternate. Pho Express Angkor turned out to be nearby and I was actually quite pleased with my first visit.
With no pre-knowledge of the place, I just went with my gut and ordered a couple of dishes that sounded good… the Lemongrass Beef with Fried Egg on Rice ($9.15) as well as the Thai Chicken Satay ($5.75)
The chicken satay was really (I mean REALLY) good! Marinated in coconut milk and served with a satisfying peanut sauce, the chicken was unusually tender.
I found the lemongrass beef was pretty good… the thinly sliced beef didn’t have a lot of lemongrass flavour but it was nonetheless a solid effort. I’m not sure if this dish normally comes with 2 fried eggs but I wasn’t complaining! Truth be told, I think they might have overcharged me (but maybe it was for the extra egg).
As it turned out, I tried to go to Naan Bites again the following week but it was still packed so I happily came back to Pho Express Angkor for a revisit.
This time, I felt I needed to try their pho. I picked their #17 Rare Beef, Tendon, Tripe, Beef Balls noodle soup ($8.50 for the large). It was indeed a large bowl of noodles! But I found the broth to be very light. I was disappointed by the toppings in this dish… there were small pieces of tripe, barely any tendon, and I’d be surprised if there was even a full beef ball in my bowl. There was an ample amount of noodles however.
It was not a bad pho per se, but it was lacking in both flavour and toppings.
Overall, I would definitely come back for the satay but items are pretty hit-and-miss. The servers seemed to be working frantically on both of my visits and this place is cash only.
L140-805 Boyd Street
New Westminster, BC
Posted on April 3, 2016, in Restaurant Review, Vietnamese and tagged Chicken Satay, Food, Lemongrass Beef, New Westminster, Pho, Queensborough, restaurant review, Thai, Vietnamese. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.