Beef Sate Stew at Viet Huong

Whenever I think to stop at Pho and Cafe Viet Huong, its always to pick up some summer rolls and whatever fried snacks offered at the counter that day.  It took me about 5 years to actually eat a sit down meal here.

A starter of chicken wings came out with the rest of our food, so not so much an appetizer as a side dish. I would have liked them to be crispier but enjoyed the tangy glaze.

Not pictured, the raw beef salad, usually a favorite of mine, was an unfortunate choice- the beef was sliced way too thick, making it impossible to chew.

Another appetizer turned side dish, the shrimp cupcakes were a fun novelty,  but a little dry and starchy. I wanted more room free in my stomach for other things.

Though I am never really craving a deep bowl of room temperature vermicelli, the toppings on a mixed bun platter were worth fighting over- I think I hogged too much of the grilled beef and thin, crispy spring roll covered in scallions and crushed peanuts.

The absolute winner of this meal was the beef sate noodle soup (#140) a spicy beef and carrot stew flooded with flavors like garlic and chili paste, with a touch of grease for richness. Sometimes you want something more complex than pho to warm you up. What do you pick?

Pho and Cafe Viet Huong1110 Washington Ave (@ 11th St), 215 336 5030


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