Sunday, March 25, 2018

Pho Viet - Pho Chay! - Plant Based Options In Wichita Falls Pt. 2

I continue my quest to find plant based menu options in Wichita Falls! My goal is to find and compile a list of menu options to make life a bit easier for all of us who are going on a plant based diet. I am sure you can go to almost any restaurant and customize a menu item to fit your needs, but for now I am looking for restaurants that offer items we do not need to customize. I will dabble in menu customization as well at some point.

My second recommendation is Pho Viet, a small restaurant off Callfield and Reha Rd. They are a Vietnamese restaurant with a small dining room and a full menu. They have 3 vegetarian entrees and one vegetarian appetizer, but if you look close these are plant based and contain no animal products. This is one of those places you could easily customize several of the other menu items to find more options. The staff is very friendly and they offer to go service as well.

Let's get to the meal and my experience! I went there at around 4:00 p.m. and there were only a few other people there which was sad. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was amazing. In this modern age of corporate restaurants it can be challenging to find an affordable fresh hand made dining experience. This is changing as diners are growing more food savvy and are seeking out more family owned restaurants. We are lucky here in Wichita Falls too, there are plenty of these restaurants here. This is why it was sad to see the place somewhat empty.

I was able to chose my own table which was very nice. I like to sit by the window so I can view the outside world. It is also good lighting for taking pictures of the food! I was handed a menu and given plenty of time to look it over. I am not fond of a server making several trips back to the table asking if I am ready to order. I already knew what I wanted when I walked in but wanted to browse the rest of the menu. When I was ready I set the menu off to the side and the server promptly came to the table and took my order. I wanted to try the Pho Chay, a tofu and rice noodle bowl of pho with mushrooms, carrots, and Napa cabbage. It also comes with a plate of bean sprouts, lime, jalapeno, and basil. It is also gluten free! You should tell them if you are celiac to help avoid cross contamination during preparation.

The broth is light and refreshing. There are plenty of rice noodles too so this dish should hit the spot if you are very hungry. I do not care much for cooked mushrooms but these were a delight. They absorbed the flavor of the broth and the earthy flavor of the mushroom was not overpowering. The cabbage and carrots did the same and were not over cooked to mush and had a great texture.  Once you add the bean sprouts this dish is full of fresh vegetables and if you know how to use chopsticks you will have no problem using them. The tofu was spongy, I am new to tofu but I get the feeling this is just how it is. They fry the tofu before adding it to the pho and I think this plays into its texture.

You can enjoy the pho just like this, but if you are like me you want some heat! The table is set with two types of hot sauce and a chili paste. I like this setup because you can add the perfect amount of heat. One hot sauce was a more traditional taco sauce. The other sauce was a chili sauce with plenty of pepper flakes. The chili paste looks scary and adds more heat than flavor. There was also a plum sauce which I did not try.

Overall I was very happy with the Pho Chay. I will be going back for this for sure and I am looking forward to trying the other plant based dishes they have on the menu. I highly recommend this place if you have not been there before. If you have never tried pho you need to treat yourself to this healthy and hearty version of the classic Vietnamese dish.

I give this a 4 out of five apples! It is a must try. Now get out there and support local restaurants and great healthy menu options!

Love food, live life!

Pho Viet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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