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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Bananaketchup

 

Pho-Hiep Hoa
921 Ellsworth Dr

Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

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Along with Ethiopian and Lebanese, I’m fascinated by Vietnamese cuisine for some strange reason. I guess in the mainstream world of sushi, tapas, and frozen yogurt, they’re kinda like the indie rockers of the restaurant scene. So, my latest homework assignment was to try the Golden Crepe at Pho-Hiep Hoa.

My first impression when the waiter served my food: This thing is gigantic! It’s gonna take a Kobayashi feat of appetite to finish! It was much different from other European style savory crepes I’ve had before. The golden crepe had a thin, crispy outer shell, bean sprouts, shredded veggies (carrots and cucumber?), pieces of shrimp and duck; and was served with pickled radish, more bean sprouts, lettuce leaves, and cilantro.

There were good contrasting textures with the crispiness of the crepe shell, the crunchityness of the sprouts and veggies, and the chewiness of the shrimp and duck. It was tasty in a delicate way, and very fresh. The crepe shell had a pretty neutral taste; somewhat nutty and reminiscent of eating freshly cooked egg-roll wrappers right off the griddle. The filling complimented the shell just fine, and no single flavor overpowered the dish. And as huge as the crepe looked, it was a light, filling, satisfying meal — which was a little disappointing, if only because I had my competitive eating headband on for no reason afterall.

The only tiny complaints I have are that the crepe was slightly greasy, and it definitely needs condiments to enhance the flavor of the dish, like Sriracha, fish sauce, or soy sauce. It’s a very mellow dish that’s extremely condiment friendly. Also, the bean sprouts-to-meat ratio favored the bean sprouts, but it’s completely forgivable in light of the uber-fresh taste.

There’s little not to like about Pho-Hiep Hoa. They have fast, friendly service, I’ve never had problems getting a table right away, and they have reasonable prices with huge portions of food. Plus, their flatscreen TVs always have something good on to watch, like Avatar and Ninja Warrior. Vietnamese Crepes and watching people fall face first in freezing water. Is there really any better combo?

So now it’s your turn to chime in! Any recommendations for places that have good Vietnamese crepes? Does anyone wanna go on a fieldtrip with me to the Eden Center in Falls Church, VA?

 

Pho-Hiep Hoa

921 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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