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My prayers have been answered, kind of. There is finally a pho place in South Chandler, at Arizona and Ocotillo (next to Home Depot). Have been there twice since they opened a few months ago.

The decor is very clean, neat and modern, with some nice booths and 4 tops, and a pretty granite-topped bar, and oh, of course the requisite 14 or so flat screen TVs.

Tried the House Special Pho and Pho Ga on my two visits. Service was prompt and friendly, side veg/herbs was fresh and not wilted, but, sigh, the broth wasn't that good. It tasted more like bouillon or plain stock than the usual, delicious, exotic, spice-filled pho broth I love so much.

It's so close, I'll still go, I just hope they get better and maybe as they increase their clientele, can afford to make fresh tasty broth everyday and not stretch it with added stuff? I'll report back if I find better luck with other parts of the menu.

-Yama
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    1. Good to hear on the new pho additions to the Valley.

      What's the House Special Pho?

      As a sidenote, pho stock shouldn't really be made daily. It should just be in a big pot that's nurtured on a low temp for days on end, with bones and spices added to it as time goes by on a continuous basis. But you're right, bouillon is a big no-no.

      One big pot for pho bo, one for pho ga, etc.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        The Special was beef balls, steak, tendon, tripe, other random beef cuts, etc. Ok, didn't know that about pho, thanks. I will alter my request: they should make the stock less often!

        1. re: yamalam

          Eh, "beef balls"??

          Do you mean meatballs or more like Rocky Mountain Oysters??

          :-)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Nah, regular ole meatballs. I just love it when Vietnamese menus refer to them as beef balls. They are spheres of beef after all...