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