King Noodle House Pho Hoang is a staple in Chinatown. Or as you probably know it, the moustache man’s restaurant. Family run and operated for over 15 years, they continue to do well for themselves. I’ve been a few times now, with the most recent trip being with two buddies for a late Sunday lunch.
The place was bustling, especially given the time (1:30pm). Tables were constantly being turned over the whole time that we were there. Crazy. The interior is simple, small and cramped.
Service is a little rough around the edges (moustache man dumped our bowls of pho off with merely a grunt of the order number) but that’s pretty normal for Viet restaurants. I think the word I’m looking for is curt. At least the food comes out quick and promptly.
Bun bo hue (#32) ($11.95 extra large)
Spicy bun bo hue served with a lemon grass/satay broth, special rice vermicelli, well-done brisket and cold cut Vietnamese style sausages. The broth was tasty and had good depth to it, but I didn’t find spicy. The XL gives you a toooon of noodles to slurp up. Perfect for all of us, as we were completely famished.
Pho dac biet (#1) ($11.35 extra large)
Well-done brisket, flank, steak, tendon, tripe and beef balls noodle soup. The special gets you a bit of everything meat-wise. I could see little goblets of fat bubbling up from the broth’s surface.
Don’t forget, CASH only. King Noodle House hits the spot if you’re looking for a bowl of filling, tasty noodles. Is it my #1 choice in the vicinity? Probably not given all the other excellent choices around. But hey, competition is always a good thing.
King Noodle House Pho Hoang
10613 – 97 Street