Foodie : Two places for late, late, and later night eats

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If you’re not opposed to head across the bridge to Broadway or Burnaby, there are two twenty-four hour Vietnamese restaurant locations for Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua. They are wholly unassuming place as it has cafeteria-style seating and are lit up by fluorescent tubes and neon lamps on the ceiling in the shape of multicoloured rings (hence the off-colour of the picture).

During the first visit two weeks ago, we ordered salad rolls (2 for 3.60, and that is the only price I remembered), beef brisket with rice noodles in soup, and this porkchop on rice dish. Tea was complimentary (I’m assuming), as usual and the bill total was around $17.00

I always look forward to the hoisin-peanut sauce that is served with salad rolls as I’ve had great stuff back in Halifax. At Pho Kim, the dipping sauce was more like a puree of the hoisin, peanut, and chili and not spectacular. In the salad rolls, I could pick up the smell of the kitchen in which they were prepared and stored – that is unfortunate and I don’t know how unavoidable it is with the rice-paper wrapping. Finally, I’m also picky about the ingredients – the usual of shrimp, rice vermicelli, and lettuce – and would totally prefer barbecued pork in lieu of shrimp if the shrimp isn’t freshest.

The rice noodles were heart-warmingly all-round good. I knew that already from the other time I was there.

By the time we got around to the rice dish, it was a bit cold. I’m not personally a fan of porkchops and found it wimpy and bland. The rice dish was also served with two sunny-side-cooked eggs providing some “sauce” in the form of runny egg yolks.

On Sunday night, we went to the Burnaby location and ordered raw beef and meat balls rice noodle (4.99), curry beef with vermicelli (in soup), and an order of spring rolls. The food total was $10.13.

Other dishes on the menu include dried noodle dishes (i.e., not in soup), Vietnamese-style sandwiches, and iced drinks.

We were there from twelve until nearly three on a early Monday morning and saw a steady trickle of customers. They are good about letting us linger and replenishing our tea after the food was long gone.

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Pho Kim Penh Xe Lua
540 Broadway Street West (@ Cambie), Vancouver, BC
6516 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

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