10531 107 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Where can you go to get both Vietnamese food and Pizza? Only one place that I know of, and that’s Pho Huong Mama pizza. It’s kind of an odd mix, but hey, I think it works for them. The owner and the server are one in the same, and the family that owns this place is super friendly. They give off this really wholesome vibe and it was really nice eating there. I’ve been here once with my family about a year ago, and then had the chance to go there again last week with Jamie. I got both some Vietnamese food and Pizza last time, and a little bit of both again this time.
Like I said in my last post, I seldom go out to Vietnamese restaurants. Since moving to Edmonton, I maybe eat Vietnamese food once a month, if that. I wanted to get similar dishes to what I got at Pho Hoan Pasteur, last week so I could do a decent comparison, so we got a rice pork chop dish, a basic pho, a vermicelli bowl, and some green onion cake.
They’re located near China town right on 107th Ave. They have a little parking lot, and there’s usually a few empty spots. There’s some residential parking nearby if this lot is full, but I’ve never had troubles in the past. The outside isn’t much to look at and the inside is relatively clean and simple. There are some booths on the left right when you enter, and some other tables throughout. Both times I went, it was virtually empty. To be fair, we did go at some odd times (Right at 10:00AM and another time right around 5:00PM). Our food didn’t take too long after we ordered and we were ready to eat.
The green onion cake here is pretty decent. It’s really big and fluffy and comes out really hot. It’s thicker than the green onion cake that I’m usually used to, and it looks relatively similar to the one I had just last week from Pho Hoan Pasteur. I’d have to say they were pretty identical, and both really good. Definitely a good choice of appetizer to share.
We got the steak and meatballs noodle soup. The pho was broth decent. Nice hearty, and not too salty. It’s 8 dollars for a small and 9 for a large, which is pretty typical for a Vietnamese place. The beef balls were okay, but you didn’t get very many. You did, however, get a decent amount of beef. It wasn’t super amazing. I prefer the pho at Pho Hoan Pasteur, to be honest.
The grilled pork and fried egg was also just okay. It was 10.50$, but didn’t really come with very much. For 25 cents more, you’d get shredded pork at Pho Hoan Pasteur. The egg came out a little bit more runny than I would have liked. It was served on regular rice instead of broken rice, which actually makes a difference in my opinion. As I mentioned in my last post, this dish is traditionally served with broken rice, and mostly served in Ho Chi Minh. Broken rice cooks differently, and the texture completely changes the dish. The porkchop itself was decent, and seasoned nicely, but overall, I definitely preferred the dish better at Pho Hoan Pasteur. I think I would have rather eaten the pho instead of this dish.
We also decided to get the 5-colour vermicelli bowl. It comes with meatballs, shrimp, pork, chicken, and spring rolls. A nice thing about this dish is that it came with nem, which is a type of Vietnamese sausage. I actually don’t see this too often at Vietnamese restaurants, so whenever I do, it’s almost a nice change. At Pho Hoan Pasteur, they served their vermicelli bowl with the same 4 meats, but then beef instead of the meatball. My mom actually makes this Vietnamese sausage and sells it to only 1-2 grocery stores in Edmonton, so it’s not that common that you see it. You get a pretty generous amount of meat with this dish. Everything was really good. I’d say either the same or better than at Pho Hoan Pasteur.
Last but not least, the pizza… The last page of their menu is dedicated to all of their pizzas, burgers, fries (including poutine), and wings. We decided to go with the pepperoni, bacon, and salami pizza. To be completely honest, I liked the pizza more than the Vietnamese food, and this was the case for me the last time I was here as well. The crust is pretty good, and nice and crunchy. What I really enjoyed about the pizza is that their tomato sauce and marinara is a little bit on the sweet side. It goes really nicely with the crust.
To be honest, I’ve never really been in the mood to have both Vietnamese food and Pizza at the same time. If you have a picky eater, or with a group of friends that can’t quite decide on where to go to eat, than this place might be for you. It offers both simple burgers and pizza, but some more ethnic Vietnamese food as well. Personally, I enjoyed the pizza more than the Vietnamese food, but they are both decent. Again, the green onion cake is really good. I’d stick with the pho or the vermicelli bowl, but mostly, the pizza. The thing I enjoyed most about this place is probably the family that owns it. They are super nice and friendly.