Pho Bosa is located at the start of Chinatown, Las Vegas, on Spring Mountain Rd. It is located on the bottom floor of a large building that is flanked by an apartment complex so it is a little hard to spot. It is a small and very casual space, cramped almost with limited seating. I went by myself at lunch time on a week day so encountered no wait time even though they were doing a bustling lunch trade. Parking is plenty and convenient and I highly recommend you make reservations for larger parties. Location Appetizer Ga Nuong Cuon / Chicken Sausage Spring Roll Chicken sausage, shredded lettuce, cucumber, herb, crunchy wonton stick, wrap inside rice paper. Served with a 14 ingredient signature peanut sauce. Excellent flavored chicken sausage and deep fried wonton wrapped in a rice paper roll. The crunchiness of the wonton is so unexpected especially if you’re used to traditional Vietnamese rice paper rolls which are usually stuffed with meats and fresh vegetables. It was most simply a complete package; clever and interesting, delicious and refreshing. Entrees Tau Hu Ky, Bi Cha> Shrimp cake, shredded pork loin / egg quiche combo with grilled pork Pho Bosa is known for their rice plates or more specifically cracked rice plates. The raw rice is cracked or broken prior to steaming and this results in a softer and more absorbent rice. The egg quiche is bland and serves more as an accompaniment to the distinctive flavored grilled pork. The grilled pork was was sweet and tender with crispy barbecued tips. The deep fried shrimp-bean curd cake paired particularly well with the vinaigrette. The bean curd are actually sheets of soy bean skimmed from boiled soy milk. The bean curd itself is relatively plain and a little sweet but the combination with the shrimp makes this truly delightful. I really enjoyed this dish, nothing seemed extraneous, all the components complemented each other well. Bun Bo Hue Bo Bap, Gio Heo, Cha Hue, Gan, Huyet Spicy beef noodle soup with round rice noodles, tender beef shank pork, cubes of sweet ginger infused cook pork blood, in a lemon grass beef broth. Top off with herbs & white onion. This is the uber trendy Vietnamese noodle dish that is supposedly making the rounds with non Vietnamese foodies. Of course, this is also a staple for many Vietnamese when they visit a noodle house. Did you know that cooked pork blood is actually coagulated pork blood or blood pudding which is served in cubes? It is a common delicacy in Asia and is rather bland tasting. I must confess that I tried this noodle soup without the blood pudding and I didn’t miss it. I enjoyed the spiciness of the noodle soup even the beef shank and tripe which I normally avoid. It was like a very spicy Thai Tom Yum soup with a delicate lemon grass fragrance and flavor. Overall Review The service was fantastic.. My server who is the manager, did a superb job explaining the house specialties to me, and it was so enjoyable to try a dish after knowing it’s history and components. They have a small and varied menu and most dishes are under $15. It is a cash only establishment and they do not serve alcohol. The name Pho Bosa is a shortened version of Bolsa Blvd, the main drag that runs along the large Vietnamese business community or Little Saigon in Orange County, California. The owners moved from Orange County and wanted to bring a taste of Little Saigon to Las Vegas. The restaurant’s claim to fame are repeated visits by none other than the Domestic Diva herself, Martha Stewart. As the story goes, Ms Stewart was in Las Vegas and asked her cab driver to take her to the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. She enjoyed herself so much that she came back a few days later with her full entourage. There is even a photo of the divine Ms Stewart on the restaurant’s website. So was the cab driver right? Is this the best Vietnamese restaurant in town? Pho Bosa is most certainly a terrific Vietnamese restaurant and definitely worth a visit or even repeated visits like Ms Stewart has done so herself. Pho Bosa is located at the start of Chinatown, Las Vegas, on Spring Mountain Rd. It is located on the bottom floor of a large building that is flanked by an apartment complex so it is a little hard to spot. It is a small and very casual space, cramped… Pho Bosa Pho Bosa 2015-06-05 Lila Asnani Lila's Review Service Flavor Price Cleanliness 78 Most definitely worth multiple visits. Can't wait to try more items on their menu. User Rating: No Ratings Yet ! 78
First of all, I would like to apologize for not publishing for a while. I have been really busy working my other gig and also traveling around the country. I am excited to announce that I am also now a freelance writer for a food industry website called Foodabletv.com. Foodabletv covers culinary issues that are trending nation wide. Here is my profile if you would like to check it out. I have written several articles for them and here is my first two: “Downtown Project breathes new life into downtown Vegas“: a highlight on the revitalization of downtown LV which includes Carson’s Kitchen, one of my favorite restaurants in town. “Dragon Grille: Creating a moving legacy.” A peek into what it’s like to own and operate an award winning food truck. I have also been traveling at a frenetic pace around the nation supporting the US Men’s National Soccer Team because they are playing in the CONCACAF 2015 Gold Cup tournament. The Gold Cup decides the regional champion of the North American, Central American and Caribbean nations’ soccer federations. My husband is a huge soccer fan and we have been fortunate to have attended 5 World Cup competitions. For the World Cup in Brazil last year, we went in costumes to support the USA. My husband chose to be an eagle and I chose Wonder Woman as my alter ego. I will be traveling the rest of July for the Gold Cup and will be able to resume a normal publication schedule in August. In the meanwhile, here are some pictures of us cheering on the USMNT in the World Cup and the various locations around the nation so far for the 2015 Gold Cup. 2014 World Cup in Brazil WC 2014: Recife, Brazil WC 2014: Manaus, Brazil 2015 Gold Cup: Dallas, TX 2015 Gold Cup: Dallas, TX If you are interested in following our shenanigans around the world, here is our website: Eaglemanandwonderwoman. We are also on Facebook and Instagram. Thank You for your patience and I’ll see you again in August!
Siam Garden Thai Restaurant
Siam Garden Thai restaurant is located in N Las Vegas and is a popular spot for the military personnel who work close by at Nellis Air Force Base. It is in a small strip mall where the stores are closely packed together so you may have difficulty spotting it immediately. It is a very casual place with limited seating so get there early especially for lunch. There is limited parking and I would suggest you carpool especially if you plan on dining as a group. Location Entrees Pad Woon Sen (Clear Noodle) Clear noodles stir fried with eggs and vegetables Clear noodles also known as cellophane noodles or Chinese vermicelli are a type of transparent noodles which are traditionally made from mung bean starch. They are sold in a dried form and reconstitute as transparent noodles when boiled. They can be used in soups, spring rolls or stir fried noodles. I like the consistency of the clear noodles. They are delicate and chewy and are a nice break from traditional dried Chinese noodles which many of you maybe familiar with as Ramen! The Pad Woon Sen had a light citrus flavor which combined nicely with the soy sauce base. I like lots of eggs in my stir fried noodles so I really enjoyed this dish. Pad Thai Rice noodles stir fried with pork, eggs, scallions, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and carrots in a homemade sauce. Of course this is the noodle dish which is universally associated with Thai cuisine here in N America. It is the perfect lunch plate because it is packed with all your proteins and vegetables in one very neat and satisfying package. This Pad Thai was a tad more sour than sweet but overall was well cooked and flavored. Spicy Tilapia (Whole Fish) Deep fried Tilapia topped with a stir fried red chilli sauce with bell peppers, onions and basil. A whole fish is how fish entrees are usually served in Asia. The waitress checked to make sure that I understood that the fish was going to come “whole with the head and everything”! I really liked this dish. There is something satisfying in eating a whole fish and call me crazy but I think this dish is just more tasty when the fish is cooked whole rather than as fillets. It was also a smaller fish so that might have something to do with the enhanced fish flavor. The sweet and rather spicy red chilli sauce complemented the crispy fish quite nicely. Overall Review Their motto is “put some spice in your life” and they pride themselves in their ability to cook extremely spicy food. All entrees are made to order and amateurs can order a spicy level from 1-5 but spicy connoisseurs can try the super level from 6-15. They also have a wall of fame for those who are adventurous enough to take on the restaurant’s spicy challenge. Great service with good and very reasonably priced food. Most entrees are under $10 and they serve lunch specials. They offer military and first responders discounts and my terrific lunch there certainly highlighted why this eatery is so popular with the Nellis AFB folks. Siam Garden Thai restaurant is located in N Las Vegas and is a popular spot for the military personnel who work close by at Nellis Air Force Base. It is in a small strip mall where the stores are closely packed together so you may have difficulty spotting it immediately. It is… Siam Garden Thai Restaurant Siam Garden Thai Restaurant 2015-06-18 Lila Asnani Lila's Review Service Flavor Price Cleanliness 66 Good food and reasonably priced. A good find in N Las Vegas. User Rating: No Ratings Yet ! 66