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Pho Ga at My Chau - Vietnamese Chicken Specialists

fmed Jun 25, 2008 02:43 PM

Pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/gustibus.maximus/MyChauPhoGaSpecialists

Pho Ga (chicken pho) is a great alternative to Pho Bo (beef pho)...specially in the summer. Pho Ga is much lighter in flavour and it is perhaps "healthier." My Chau serves, IMO, the best pho ga (chicken pho) in town. The broth is light but still quite flavourful. The noodles are usually served slightly past al dente - my preference for pho noodles.

My Chau's proprietors are from Northern Vietnam ( their Pho Bo is of the lighter northern style.) You'll also notice rau ram, Vietnamese Coriander, on their herb plate - unusual here in Vancouver. I have come to view the presence of rau ram as an indicator of Northern Vietnamese cooks in the kitchen. This is not always the case. Hai Yen on Kingsway used to have it on their herb plate, but they are Southern Vietnamese.

The star of the show, however, is not the pho ga. It is their fried chicken. This place seems to be always packed. Looking around, you'll probably see that most of the tables are sharing a big plate of this chicken. The chicken is fried perfectly rendering the skin crispy and impossibly thin. Check it out next time you are in the neighbourhood.

Pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/gustibus....

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    miss.foodie Nov 16, 2009 10:07 PM

    I tried My Chau this afternoon for the first time. I ordered Pho Ga with the fried chicken. I was impressed at how delicious the Pho Ga was. The broth was light yet so flavourful. Of course, the star of the show was the fried chicken along with the dipping sauce. The skin of the chicken was so thin and crispy.

    My Chau is definitely a hidden gem. It is now on my list of places to go to every time I'm visiting Vancouver.

    Thanks, fmed, for the recommendation!

    My Chau Restaurant
    1715 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2S4, CA

    18 Replies
    1. re: miss.foodie
      grayelf Nov 17, 2009 05:56 AM

      I can't believe I still haven't made it to My Chau and it's been almost a year! We just don't get out that way for lunch very often. Heading to Britannia this Sat though so maybe this weekend. Thanks for the reminder that it's still good, miss.foodie -- you are eating some great chow this trip :-).

      My Chau Restaurant
      1715 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2S4, CA

      1. re: grayelf
        fmed Nov 17, 2009 09:10 AM

        Make sure to check out the rest of the menu as well. It is a tiny place, but the menu is quite extensive.

        1. re: fmed
          grayelf Nov 17, 2009 12:32 PM

          I remember you mentioning that before, fmed -- deffo a selling point for the maternal unit who will be with me :-).

          1. re: grayelf
            grayelf Jan 10, 2010 07:37 AM

            Finally made it to My Chau on Friday (thanks to ck1234) and it was worth the wait. Crystal clear, flavourful broth, lovely slightly al dente noodles and a moist but crunchy chicken leg -- what more could you ask for? Wait, I know, how about going again the next day, which is just what I did with the SO! I only wish My Chau were open for dinner as we would be there all the time. I particularly enjoyed adding the rau ram which really complements the chicken broth for me. Looking forward to trying other dishes as well as the specialties... the SO is keen to try their "lighter" version of pho bo -- he is a bit of a carnivore and likes his meat right in the broth. He can also eat more of the hot sauce than anyone I've ever seen. Bit scary, actually :-).

            1. re: grayelf
              fmed Jan 10, 2010 12:25 PM

              Glad you liked it! Could it be your new favourite Vietnamese place displacing Song Huong?

              1. re: fmed
                grayelf Jan 10, 2010 04:51 PM

                Hmm, I don't know if I could go that far yet :-). Need more data first. I was talking to the guy at the Asian herbal store on Gore today and he said that My Chau is deffo number 1 for pho ga but he was less enthusiastic about their pho bo which is still the SO's favourite. And of course Song Huong has the grilled beef and beef 7 ways...

                1. re: grayelf
                  fmed Jan 10, 2010 04:53 PM

                  What time were you there (on Gore?) - I was there this afternoon too. (Slim pickings today...I prefer Supermarket 88's fresher selection.)

                  1. re: fmed
                    grayelf Jan 10, 2010 06:45 PM

                    About 1:30, and I went specifically for two items: Vietnamese doughnuts ($2, homemade, toast 'em a little) and Singaporean milk tea (the 3-in-1 version sold on the left/south side of the store for $7.99 for a bag of 30 packets). I tried the doughnuts on Friday and they were delish even unheated (a tip I got today from the brother who owns the right/north side of the store -- you will find them right at the checkout counter). I also bought a bag of the Indonesia milk tea ($12.99 for a pack of 18 "4-in-1) and wanted to do a taste comparo. I didn't look at the herbage today but I did a full scour of both stores on Friday and there was an excellent, all fresh looking selection then. South end also had a box of house-made Vietnamese sausage for banh mi which I would have investigated further had I not been in such a hurry. I feel lucky to be so nearby so often! One day I will make it to Supermarket 88 just for the fun of it, but realistically it's not going to be a regular stop for supplies given my typical marketing topography/geography :-).

                    1. re: grayelf
                      fmed Jan 10, 2010 06:59 PM

                      Sieu Thi Wong Xin and Supermarket 88 are sort of complementary. I find the herbs fresher at S88 more often than not...however, I am usually hitting STWX on weekends and S88 on a weekday which will make a big difference in freshness and selection.

                      S88 has more modern produce fridges as well so the herbs are definitely fresher at the best of times.

                      Some pics of S88's herb fridges: http://picasaweb.google.ca/gustibus.m...

                      I must check out those donuts.

                  2. re: grayelf
                    rosetown Jan 10, 2010 06:03 PM

                    OT, I' ve eaten at Song Hong once over Christmas this year, but only had their bun. Can you fill me in about the grilled beef and beef 7 way?

                    Thanks Duane.

                    1. re: rosetown
                      grayelf Jan 10, 2010 06:50 PM

                      Hee hee, yes, we are all merrily veering off topic, no? Anyhoo, here's a link to my ramblings on the bo 7 mon at Song Huong http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605222 -- I didn't have time to check if the grilled beef is mentioned specifically but it's about the same price and I believe is the next item on the menu in the #70s. Really fun meal to eat with a group of 4-6 people (I like 4 best).

                      1. re: grayelf
                        rosetown Jan 10, 2010 09:56 PM

                        The thread is fairly complete - thanks so much - Duane

                      2. re: rosetown
                        fmed Jan 10, 2010 07:00 PM

                        Hey Duane...

                        Here's a blog post on Song Huong's Bo 7 Mon:

                        1. re: fmed
                          rosetown Jan 10, 2010 10:04 PM

                          Between Grayelf and your link, it is well covered. I'm looking forward to eating at Song Houng and of course on topic, My Chau on my next Vancouver visit.


                          1. re: rosetown
                            grayelf May 14, 2012 10:21 PM

                            2.5 years later and My Chau is still producing the goods so consistently. Thought I'd post a recent crane shot of what may be the most comforting meal in town. The SO has now been converted and goes more frequently than I do!

                            1. re: grayelf
                              fmed May 14, 2012 11:16 PM

                              I'm thinking of a fried chicken show down. My Chau, Max's, Zabu, Phnom Penh, Chewies....

                              1. re: fmed
                                grayelf May 15, 2012 04:00 PM

                                Sounds good -- I'll bring the Lipitor ;-)

                              2. re: grayelf
                                YVRChow May 16, 2012 10:06 AM

                                I agree. It is a deliciously comforting meal......

          2. jay_kay Jun 25, 2008 05:12 PM

            I will definitely hit this joint soon - the Pho Ga looks so refreshing compared to the beef broth mainstay. Thanks for sharing!

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            1. re: jay_kay
              fmed Jun 26, 2008 03:31 AM

              Make sure to try the chicken!

              (adding a "Place" link)

              My Chau Restaurant
              1715 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N2S4, CA

              1. re: fmed
                ForeverPho Nov 20, 2008 09:41 PM

                Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed our food! Our chicken soup is made fresh everyday and is definitely lighter (less salt) than the regular beef soup.



                1. re: ForeverPho
                  grayelf Nov 20, 2008 10:33 PM

                  I must try that chicken -- I remember drooling the first time I saw this post :-). I also remember reading somewhere else that My Chau is only open during the day. Can you post the hours?

                  1. re: grayelf
                    ForeverPho Dec 18, 2008 12:15 AM

                    Hi Grayelf, we are open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 6:00pm (Closed Sunday). Hope you'll get a chance to try it.

                    1. re: ForeverPho
                      grayelf Dec 18, 2008 05:32 AM

                      I'm thinking lunch this Saturday at My Chau, if the weather cooperates. Thanks, FP, for the info.

                  2. re: ForeverPho
                    fmed Nov 21, 2008 02:06 PM

                    Hi Cam! Nice of you to drop by.

                    1. re: fmed
                      ForeverPho Dec 18, 2008 12:16 AM

                      Any time! You did such a good job on our restaurant's review :)

                      1. re: ForeverPho
                        fmed Dec 18, 2008 12:34 AM

                        Well deserved.

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