Every couple weeks J and I take a trip to Costco to stock up cheese, meats and grape juice (his favourite). We love going for the food samples as well and when the shopping is done we head to the concession for a hotdog combo. If we could just time our outings right we wouldn’t have to eat out but where is the fun in that? The last time we were at Costco the concession line up was massive and there was no way that I was about to wait 20 minutes for a hotdog! Now getting a little grumpy (from hunger) I was starting to not really be in the mood for fast food or anything for that matter. I get a little irrational when I have an empty stomach.
Since we went to the Abbotsford Costco we had to drive though mission to get home and J suggested a sushi place we once ate at and enjoyed. I didn’t blog about it because the photos were really blurry so this could be my chance to re-review it. I then remembered that right next door was a Vietnamese shop. Sorry sushi but you’re going to have to wait, Heather needs some Pho! The place is called Little Saigon and is located at 322-32555 London Avenue in Mission.
Since it’s in a strip mall the restaurant itself isn’t very large. Decorated in dark colours and dimly lit I was slightly worried about taking photos especially since it was getting busy. Oh well, that’s the life of a blogger. The server came over right away and asked for our orders and brought our drinks soon after.
I ordered Iced Tea but it wasn’t your typical ice tea and probably not authentic either but it was good. Very sweet and also tangy.
I ordered the small raw beef Pho. The server brought over a small plate of the usual fixins of bean sprouts, basil and a wedge of lemon (which sometimes is lime). I tasted the broth first and it was pretty flavourful. Not too salty and not bland either. I was pretty impressed but I am by no means a pho expert. Since I found the broth pretty tasty I didn’t need to add anything else except a bit of hot sauce. I like a little bite to my pho. I threw in some of the bean sprouts and basil and started to shovel it back. I think I’ve made this mistake before but I probably should have stirred it up a bit so you could see the noodles better but here is my big bowl of pho.
J ordered his usual vermicelli noodle bowl with pork and spring rolls. The first thing he noticed was the missing bowl of fish sauce. There was a bit of liquid at the bottom of the noodle bowl but he thought it was just water from the noodles. After he added hoison sauce he said he didn’t really taste that much different without it. A few minutes later we overheard another table asking for it so we knew for sure it’s not something they regularly serve with their noodle bowls. I did notice on the menu something about a LS (Little Saigon) special sauce so perhaps that was the liquid. Its hard to know without actually tasting it. I did taste one of the spring rolls and it was crispy on the outside and flavourful on the inside but it didn’t blow me away. I would rate it as average.
We were both pretty satisfied with out lunch and it was reasonably priced as well. The service was also fast and friendly. If I was in the area again there is high chance that I would come back to Little Saigon.