Phat Pho, our favorite pho joint from Serendra recently opened in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell. They are located on the basement restaurant level beside Chili’s. This branch is much smaller and also partly spills out on to the mall so the ambiance is different. There’s still the open kitchen but the view is not as animated.
Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (P265). Every meal at Phat Pho starts with an order of these wings. It has a nice salty and sweet taste that also has aromatic lemongrass in the marinade. There’s a sweet vinegar dip on the side if you want to temper the saltiness.
Chilled Shrimp Rice Paper Rolls (P195). Fro a lighter starter, I suggest their selection of rice rolls. The one we had was with shrimp, clean and fresh served with a side of peanut sauce and vinegar dip.
Lemongrass Pork Noodle Bun (P225/small, P355/large). This is a Vietnamese vermicelli salad topped with vegetables, grilled lemongrass marinated pork, fish cake and spring roll with a vinegar based dressing. I wanted to try something different but my tummy is still with the next dish.
Com Chien (P295) and Pho Xiao (P315). My favorite at Phat Pho is ironically fried rice. We were encouraged to try it our first time and I’ve been hooked ever since. This time around I discovered the Pho xiao, essentially the same dish as the com chien but in noodle form. Both share the same sauces and most of the ingredients and is the Vietnamese version of pancit canton.
If you want some dishes to share and pair with your rice and pho, the Vietnamese Meatballs (P210) and Angus Beef Satay (P345) are both good meaty options.
Seafood Pho (P245/small, P395/large). Irene wanted to try this new pho variant but she found it too spicy for her tastes. Flavors were really good though with a strong umami flavor from the shrimp head broth. Fish cake, squid, shrimps and assorted veggies round out the broth components. If you love spicy food and want something meatless then you definitely should go for this. Irene went back to her large bowl of chicken pho on our next visit.
Finish your meal with the new Coffee Jelly dessert, strong cubes of Vietnamese coffee jelly topped with vanilla ice cream.
Here’s a view of their prep area including their banh mi hugged by brown paper for the sidewalk feel. This is one dish I’ve always vowed to try on my visit but each time I seem to focus on my favorite com chien.
Rockwell and Serendra are equidistant to us to we can head to either branch for our fix. We are still not giving up hope that they will open even closer to us.
Phat PhoConcourse Level, Power Plant Mall
Contact No. (632) 750-6613
Facebook Page: Phat Pho Manila
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