I've recently become a fan of Vietnamese cuisine after enjoying a delectable lunch at Phat Pho: A Vietnamese Kitchen. Click on READ MORE to know about The Abaca Group's contemporary take on Vietnamese food.
The traditional culinary culture of Vietnam is well-known and well-loved for its use of fresh ingredients. Considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, Vietnamese cuisine creates a delicate balance between herbs, meats and spices to achieve its distinctive flavor.
Are you hungry yet? If you're in Cebu and craving the gastronomic fares of Vietnam, make sure to swing by any of the two branches of Phat Pho: A Vietnamese Kitchen. At first glance, Phat Pho seems like a casual - maybe ordinary - noodle shop but don't let its simple trappings fool you! This restaurant by The Abaca Group boasts of a mouthwatering selection of classic Vietnamese food made of the finest ingredients. Best of all, Phat Pho does not use any bases or artificial powders resulting in a culinary experience that is naturally flavorful, light and, of course, delicious.
For our lunch at Phat Pho, our group of three enjoyed the following:
Crispy Egg Rolls, PHP 120 for 3 pieces (about USD 2.69). For our appetizer, we had a serving of crispy egg rolls. Phat Pho's take on this popular Vietnamese dish is light and crunchy. I especially loved that the egg rolls were not oily. It kept our hunger at bay (we were all quite famished because it was a late lunch) but was also light enough that it didn't ruin our appetite.
Banh Mi, PHP 280 (about USD 6.27). This is one of the store's specialties and my personal favorite. In Vietnam, Banh Mi is the general term for all kinds of bread but in westernized locations, it usually refers to sandwiches stuffed with meat and greens. Phat Pho's Banh Mi is very filling and flavorful. The meat, spices and vegetables were in perfect symphony with one another other. I also loved that the bread was perfectly toasted.
Fish Sauce Chicken Wings, PHP 185 (about USD 4.14). Fish sauce is a staple ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. I'm not too fond of fish sauce because it has the tendency to be overpowering. The fish sauce chicken wings at Phat Pho, however, was a pleasant surprise! The chicken wings were flavorful and a perfect balance of spicy, tangy and sweet. The fish sauce complimented the dish and wasn't overpowering at all. All three of us were easily addicted to this!
Good to know:
- Phat Pho: A Vietnamese Kitchen offers set meals for PHP 195 (about USD 4.36) between 2PM and 5PM. This is inclusive of two dishes, rice and broth.
- Parking: available
- We had lunch at the Robinsons Cybergate branch; the space is quite small so make sure to make reservations first if you plan to come in a big group.
- Click on the image below to check out their menu
Phat Pho: A Vietnamese Kitchen
Ground Floor, Robinsons Cybergate,
Don Mariano Cui St., Cebu City
Banilad, Cebu City
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