D.I.Y. Dining

Auto da pho

As for the pho — the fragrant soup that's the pride of almost any Vietnamese restaurant — I could eat it all the time. The house special, pho Da Vang, is a big bowl of beefy broth, full of chewy rice noodles, onions, scallions, cilantro, brisket, tripe, and soft, gelatinous tendon — again, it's served with fresh vegetables to suit your taste. If tripe and tendon sound too authentic, try pho tai, which sticks to thinly sliced beef.

If you make it to dessert, there are several kinds of che, all sweet, refrigerated treats you eat with a spoon. The red bean with coconut milk was soupy and sweeter than it sounds; corn and sweet rice pudding was light, with a stronger coconut taste; and the creamy coconut milk tapioca pudding was appealing, with chunks of banana.

Okay, so you can't customize these. But they come in plastic cups, so you can take them home.

An affordable feast: From left, pork chops, shrimp summer rolls, and stir-fried egg noodles.
Jackie Mercandetti
An affordable feast: From left, pork chops, shrimp summer rolls, and stir-fried egg noodles.

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Da Vang

4538 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Central Phoenix

Details

Shrimp summer rolls: $2

Barbecued pork sandwich: $2

Pho Da Vang: $4.95

Seafood and pork hot pot: $11.99

602-242-3575.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

4538 North 19th Avenue

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