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Hidden Gem: Pho Binh Minh, a Vietnamese Strip Mall Fantasy


Unassumingly positioned in a strip mall plaza at 35th Avenue and Indian College Highway, the Vietnamese kitchen Pho Binh Minh has an charisma to it.

There isn’t any web site. It is close to a type of wild, diagonal Grand Avenue intersections in central Phoenix. (You may almost definitely hear the prepare in case you’re eating in.) There’s conventional Asian décor, some wine-bottle artwork that belongs in an Italian grandmother’s den, and even some Christmassy adornments regardless of it being September. The laminated menu (at all times an excellent signal) has painter’s tape over the costs, masking what was initially printed, to maintain the menu from having to be up to date. Regulars say the place has been round “endlessly,” although in reality, Pho Binh Minh has been open for 10 years.

We got here for the spring rolls, particularly the bi cuon — shredded pork and mint, tightly wrapped in rice paper and served with a delicate fish sauce. For $three and a few change, you get two fats rolls, sliced in half. The final word chew is the cut-open, uncovered finish of the spring roll pushed into the fish sauce, with a dab of the new chili or Sriracha sauce.

Attempt additionally the goi cuon — shrimp, pork, rice noodle, and mint. It is served with a fantastically thick peanut sauce, sprinkled with diced peanuts (and in a small bowl that was positively scraped clear). The pork in each rolls is the star ingredient.

The noodle soups listed here are additionally killer, and almost definitely the most well-liked dish based mostly on the diners round us.

A easy order of pho tai arrives with the pink ends of uncommon steak bobbing above the broth’s floor like icebergs. It’s a fairly sight, albeit one which have to be disturbed so as to add your mix-ins. A beneficiant plate of sliced jalapeños, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and herbs is typically dropped at the desk together with pho orders.

The pho chin nam gau — pho with well-done steak, flank steak, and soft-fatty brisket — arrives loaded with white and inexperienced onions atop and bubbles like a freshly poured soda. We annihilated each pho orders, alternating spoonfuls of broth with chopsticks heavy with rice noodles.

An undressed oder of the pho chin nam gau.EXPAND

An undressed oder of the pho chin nam gau.

Lauren Cusimano

On the “we’ll strive them subsequent time” meals listing: bun (vermicelli), hu tieu dac biet (pork noodle soup), and rice and/or egg noodle orders. Pho Binh Minh additionally serves salads and boba.

To battle post-lunch drowsiness, we ordered a restaurant sua da, an iced espresso with condensed milk. It’s served in a diner-style milkshake glass, and the espresso is sort of as thick as a milkshake, and powerful, too. After just a few sips, you could discover that the quantity of your voice has moved up a stage.

And by the best way, the entire thing was $30.

Pho Binh Minh

4141 North 35th Avenue, #11
Hours: 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to three p.m. Sunday