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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.
4538 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Region: Central Phoenix
Barbecued pork sandwich: $2
Pho Da Vang: $4.95
Seafood and pork hot pot: $11.99
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
And that's the next best thing.