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Pho in Halifax?

seemac70 Feb 20, 2011 07:51 AM

Relocating to my beloved Nova Scotia.

Any decent Pho in Halifax?

Please say yes...

  1. tempest in a teapot Feb 20, 2011 08:43 AM

    No transcendent pho experiences to speak of, but since you wisely specified "decent" you could give Pho Hoang Minh and Star Anise a shot. Haven't tried the pho at Indochine, the newish bahn mi place on South Park, but the sandwiches are tasty.


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    1. re: tempest in a teapot
      seemac70 Feb 20, 2011 08:45 AM


      I'll be doing the tour.

      1. re: seemac70
        simonathibault Feb 28, 2011 10:24 AM

        Last time I went to Star Anise, they had wonderful new noodle dishes on the menu, including a pork belly and tofu noodle dish. Their pho with tripe, beef balls and beef was my fave. Fong Sing was my fave place - they had a northern vietnamese pho with chili oil and vietnamese sausage - but it's now closed. anyone know if the chef went anywhere?

        also, Pho Hoang Minh will do, but I found their broth to be cloudy, which is kind of a sign of a chef being in a hurry, or not skimming properly.

      2. re: tempest in a teapot
        seemac70 May 9, 2011 06:21 PM

        Transcendent, not at all at Star Anise...

        Smallish bowl of salty broth, with a few scraps of beef (not rare, as ordered,) and a few shrunken meat balls. All this for 11 bucks with tip and no tea. Noodles at least were firm and abundant. Not expecting the world in a bowl, but this is highway robbery. In lieu of transcendence, I'll at least take good value.


        1. re: seemac70
          simonathibault May 10, 2011 05:38 AM

          Have you ever made Pho? It's worth the work.

          1. re: simonathibault
            seemac70 May 12, 2011 03:20 AM

            I may have to!

        2. re: tempest in a teapot
          spindacut Jun 25, 2011 09:08 PM

          'PhoHoangMinh' I think has mainland Chinese owners, when I was there everyone was speaking mandarin. The Pho was not very good, maybe it's an imitation Pho? lol

          'Indochine' is not Pho, its like beef broth mixed with a bunch of Hoisin sauce/Soy sauce. i was shocked when I saw it, so dark. You will be disappointed if you go here for Pho. Taste was not pleasant at all. The Banh mi tastes like Quiznos. I have nothing against subway style food, but please don't call it Banh mi. The bread and fillings were way off.

          'Fong Sing' I had about 10 years ago and it was ok. Nothing to get excited about, but could possibly be the best place in Halifax.

          We are really suffering of a lack of a good Pho joint in Halifax. I've been telling my Viet friends to open a spot for years, I'm thinking the demand for this delicious soup is enough now to open a nice little resto and be successful .

          Asian food in general is really bad in Halifax with the exception of a few Chinese spots. Korean places are slowly getting better(Rich Forest/Koo-e-nami), but the sushi here is still pathetic. Even when we are right next to the ocean and have more than a handful of places.

          1. re: spindacut
            seemac70 Jun 28, 2011 03:24 AM

            Hopefully, someone will fill the void.

            Fong Sing was horrible. Period. Couldn't finish it. Also, the place was really dirty.

            Anyways, next!

            1. re: seemac70
              spindacut Jun 28, 2011 06:49 AM

              Ya, I've hear that place has gone downhill, I haven't been in 10 years.

              Maybe I should just take the initiative and get a small little resto going. Any idea's on ideal location?

        3. c
          CanadaGirl Mar 12, 2011 08:09 AM

          Tu Do recently opened in Bedford, and the pho is pretty good. But, the servings are smaller than most.

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          1. re: CanadaGirl
            seemac70 Mar 12, 2011 02:34 PM

            Thanks again everyone... Just got back and will be checking it all out.

            If my radar is correct, we'll probably see an ascension of Pho joints now. It's funny how Eastern Canada works sometimes. New ones will begin popping up. Just a hunch, mind you, but let's see.

            I hope one of the existing ones is good!

            1. re: seemac70
              analysisparalysis Mar 25, 2011 04:51 AM

              Any results?

              1. re: analysisparalysis
                seemac70 Mar 29, 2011 02:24 PM

                Not yet.

                Long days!

                1. re: seemac70
                  existential_crisis May 3, 2011 10:48 AM

                  Ha! Yeah, I've been living in Calgary and really picked up an admiration for pho... I hope some places open up by the time I move back! That Vietnamese Sub shop looks phenomenal! Vegetarian options like I can't find here! Yay! Only problem is the Bubble Tea flavours are all the basics. My favorite flavours of bubble tea are avocado and Taro!

          2. l
            lokilainey Sep 26, 2011 09:50 AM

            No one mentioned Gingergrass. They have beef pho on thier lunch special for 7.95. On their main menu they also have chicken, shrimp, and meatball pho. I would try them out if your still looking for some good pho!

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