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Pho Vietz, Empire Subang

Pho Vietz, Empire Subang

If you’re planning to dine at Pho Vietz in Empire Subang, lunch hour on a weekday can be quite chaotic. Jien mentioned the food is worth checking out and since I enjoy eating pho, we popped by to see what Pho Vietz has to offer.

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2 Beef Combo Noodle Soup

Expect a lot of movement to and fro the restaurant as the floor staff are quick on their feet and service is efficient. At least that was what I experienced when I dined at the Empire Subang outlet recently. Tables are placed a tad too close to one another so if you’re planning to have a private discussion, meal hours at Pho Vietz might not be ideal.

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Good portion

I went for the 2 Beef Combo Noodle Soup (RM19.90) – a sizeable bowl of rice noodles in flavourful broth, scented with star anise, cinnamon and mint leaves. The meat combo featured bouncy beef balls and paper-thin slices of beef, the latter cooked just right so each slice was tender and tasty.

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Smooth rice noodles and tasty broth

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Caramelised Sliced Pork Belly with Rice

Caramelised Sliced Pork Belly with Rice (RM19.90) was good stuff. The pork slices were cooked in 5-spice gravy till the meat is tender and the outer rim of fat, caramelised. I liked how the gravy was thick with a balance of sweet, savoury and spicy, which nicely coated each slice of pork belly.

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Tender, with a nice balance of sweet, savoury and spicy.

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Banh Mi

Pho Vietz’s banh mi (RM12.90) makes a pretty good snack or sharing appetiser, though I feel it’s not substantial as a meal on its own. Unless you’re a small eater. This comes with a combination of pork and liver pate, sandwiched in a crusty baguette with assorted pickled vegetables for crunch and zing.

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Vietnamese Drip Coffee

The Vietnamese drip coffee (RM7.90) is decent here – aromatic without the powdery aftertaste (happens a lot) and strong enough to lift your mood. Condensed milk is provided on the side for you to sweeten your coffee accordingly. There’s an option of hot or cold coffee, but I personally feel the hot version is better.

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Full house

As I mentioned earlier in this post, it’s difficult to have good conversations when the place is a full house. You’ll also notice a queue outside the restaurant, waiting for you to vacate your table once you’re done with the meal.

Our bill was close to RM80 for the above – a tad higher in price compared to your usual work lunch fare but the food is pretty good. I think it’s a decent place to consider when the craving for pho hits. 😉

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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: The food is pretty good, to my pleasant surprise. Be prepared to wait for a table during peak hours.

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The lunch queue on weekdays

Pho Vietz Empire Subang
Jalan SS 16/1, SS 16,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-5613 3152
Business hours: 11am till 9.45pm
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