Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen probably needs no introduction when it comes to their pho. Situated in East Vancouver within proximity to the popular Western Lake on Victoria Drive, they specialize in their Special Fish Cake Vermicelli Soup and it’s pretty much the only dish every table orders here! My mom is a huge fan of this place so she was pretty excited about bringing my brothers and me here since it’s her absolute favourite! One thing you’ll notice right away is that their menu focuses more on seafood based soups!
The seating here is quite cramped and gets packed quickly during lunch / dinner rush. We arrived just before 12pm – luckily, the wait wasn’t too long. By the time we finished a line had formed outside the entrance!
Some normal fixings you’ll find at every pho establishment. Hoisin sauce, hot sauce, chili oil.. etc.
We were immediately served complementary tea – standard service at Vietnamese restaurants while they grab you the menu.
A mountain of fresh bean sprouts, chili, mint, lemon basil. My perfect version of pho is adding lots of crunchy bean sprouts, handful of crisp herbs, and a squeeze of lime!
Vietnamese Coffee (+$3.25) At this restaurant you can customize your bowl of pho with combos! Options are spring roll, salad roll, coffee or coconut juice! My little brother wasn’t feeling particularly hungry so he just had coffee while we ate! He thought it was pretty decent with strong, bold flavour accompanied by the sweetness of condensed milk. For Vietnamese coffee, they do it the old school way using a drip method.
Spring Roll (+$2.50) My mom and I decided to combo up our bowl of pho with spring rolls! I wasn’t particular fond of these ones as it was more taro paste than meat filling. It was unpleasantly dense and bland. I would skip these!
Special Fish Cake Vermicelli Soup (Small $8.95; Large $9.95) Hoang Yen focuses on seafood based soups more so than the traditional meat bone-based soups. Key ingredients include house made fish cakes and fish balls, tomato, dill, lemongrass in fish broth. The house-made fish cakes were delightfully bouncy and chewy packed with great flavour. The clear broth had a strong essence of herbs and seafood notes with contrasting flavours between sweet, savoury, and sour.
Complimentary dessert consisting of fortune cookies and orange slices.
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5083 Victoria Drive