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Mar 30, 2009 05:40 PM

Pho Que Hu'o'ng Restaurant - A good bowl of Pho, Oak Park, MI

Facebook/Chowhound gal pal, Martha Shea, aka BerkleyBabe and I went on a lunch adventure today. The mission was to visit Saigon Market on John R. just south of 13 Mile so I could pick up some supplies and to check out a newish Pho restaurant a block north of there - Both are in Madison Heights, MI, a suburb of Detroit.

We entered a very small establishment with several tables filled with hungry eaters. Martha and I split a side of fresh spring rolls and we each ordered a bowl of Pho, chicken for me and rare beef for her.

Everything was delicious. The Pho was served with the requisite fresh Thai basil, lime and bean spouts. I enhanced my Pho with two tiny spoonfuls of a wicked hot pepper concoction available as a side at each table. As I was taking photos, the chef came out and gave us each a take out menu and explained that he has a web site. I think he was somewhat tickled that someone was taking photographic notice of his food.

Martha and I talked about wanting to come back to try the several different Bahn Mi Thit sandwiches as well as the Chim Cut Roti ("special marinated quails in deep fried"). A neighboring table ordered the quail and it did look tasty!

At Saigon Market, Martha picked up a package of jellied lychee candy that has the consistency of jello. For those of you who may not know about Saigon Market, they grow their own greens in, if I understood the owner correctly on a previous visit, a greenhouse just south of Michigan's border in Ohio. Tubs and tubs full of wonderfully fresh looking basil, pea shoots, garlic chives, and various other things I have no idea what they are. They also bring in their own duck and chicken (feet still attached).

Nice lunch!

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  1. A couple of things really quickly:

    1. Your thread topic mentions that the restaurant is in Oak Park, which it's not: it's in Madison Heights, which you semi-allude to.

    2. They're closed on Wednesdays.

    Can't wait to try this place! Didn't see the spring rolls on the were they?

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    1. re: boagman

      We didn't see anything on the handout about Wed. closing, so thanks for that.
      The spring roll was excellent --shrimp, mint, rice vermicelli and other vegs --very light and bright tasting with a great hoisin/peanut/veg dipping sauce. Very friendly service and great prices, too.

      1. re: berkleybabe

        See now, they *look* good to me, too. I direly miss the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls that Pany used to serve at Ny's Thai Cafe in Novi...heck, I miss everything about that place. The pics you guys took were very nice indeed, and I hope the sauce will make me happy, too.

        Thanks for sharing, you two!

      2. re: boagman

        Madison Heights is like the little vietnam of SE michigan.

        On wednesdays you can drive further south to John R and 11 mile for Thang Long.
        Pho is a solid performer there. As is the "Bun thit/Bo" and its variations of the cold noodle salads are very good.
        The Fresh rolls (goi coun) and Spring rolls (cha gio) are good too.
        I think they are closed on Mondays.

        On te east side there is Blue Star on Gratiot north of the Macomb Mall that is also good for Pho and the other vietnamese staples.

        Sorry still no news for Berkley(but there is supposed to be vietnamese opening in Clawson).

      3. Your photo of the spring rolls is gorgeous. Congrats for having the kindness to share the dish!

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        1. re: RedTop

          Thank you for the warm welcome. That was my first post.

          1. re: RedTop

            Enjoy, you hounds! Glad you enjoyed our jaunt and hope you'll visit. Post what you order and let's share the goodness!

          2. I wish this place was in Oak Park-it would be a lot closer to Berkley!

            I'll have to check out Saigon Market again--I went there once and remember feeling a bit intimidated as most of the signs were in Vietnamese without English translation. Plus I was definitely the only non-Asian in the place!

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            1. re: coney with everything

              Thanks for the info and the website. I usually get Pho and groceries at the Pho place and market on the corner of 13 and Dequindre but I'm going to try this combo next time on my monthly jaunt.

              1. re: kellycolorado

                I keep hearing great things about this place so I'm going to have to take a little road trip soon.

              2. re: coney with everything

                I think Saigon Market is a lot more user friendly than China Merchandise a little north of there on John R. However, China Merchandise has far more food stuff for sale. Saigon Market staff used to have language issues but since they've expanded that does not seem to be an issue any more.

                1. re: gangofpour

                  Great report & pics. Also in same vicinity geographically if not ethnically are the Tel-way (sliders) and Betty Ross II (diner w/good breakfasts). Has anybody ever tried the bar-b-q place next to China Merchandise, the one with the hanging ducks?

                  1. re: gooddog

                    Oh yes by all means go in there . The smell alone is worth something , but the roast pork belly is sinfully good . And next to that is the little Chinese bakery , another gem . Personally , I am partial to the market @ 13 & Dequindre and the bakery also located there , but thats just because everybody there is so nice . This summer I'm going to have the staff from the market over for american style pulled pork , they have never had it , and we are all looking forward to the cross-cultural experience .

                    1. re: GoalieJeff

                      I go to the market at 13 and Dequindre to get my asian goods and last time I asked one of the girls how the Pho was next door and she sent me to Saigon which is in a strip mall across from Produce Palace at 12 and Dequindre. It was very clean and very good Pho as well as the Vietnamese Spring Rolls and the wife had a Cane Juice drink she raved about. As for the BBQ by the market the Pork is fantastic but you need the dipping sauce to bring out the flavors.

                    2. re: gooddog

                      I got half a duck from there but was not too hip to the jive. I am not sure if it was a bad day or just not my thing.

                      I just thought it was a bit one dimensional. I still want to go back and try more though!

                      1. re: gooddog

                        Wev'e had lots of posts on Tel-Way but where's it located? Have seen Betty Ross and it's on the agenda at some point.

                        We'll be doing pho-off, trying a bunch of phos, in the near future!

                        1. re: berkleybabe

                          Tel-way is at 11 Mile & John R, NE corner; Betty Ross II, for those who don't know, is also on John R just S of 12. They're a mile or two south of pho country, but since I'm 25 miles away I think of them all as neighbors.

                          Let us know who is the pho-est of them all (sorry bad pun).

                          1. re: gooddog

                            gooddog, don't want to hijack this thread, but when I worked in MH, I ate at Betty Ross and Leo's Country Oven many, many times. I preferred Leo's far more than Betty Ross II.

                          2. re: berkleybabe

                            i'd love to help out with the pho-off. Keep me posted.

                    3. Sorry - Brain malfunction. I live in Oak Park. The restaurant and market are indeed in Madison Heights.

                      1. i was here yesterday. i am trying to kick a cold. while i was on the road around lunchtime, i felt like having some kind of soup rather than a sandwich or a quick fast food stop. i started thinking pho and drove a few miles out of the way to madison hts. stopped here and got the chicken. it was great and just what i needed.