I’ve been telling Jake for a long time that he needs to try Pho – or Vietnamese beef noodle soup. For one reason or another we had managed to avoid it, not go there, give up, whatever. One evening, after failed attempts at visiting other restaurants, we ended up going to Pho Convoy Noodle House in Chula Vista and Jake finally had his first bowl of Pho!
Did he like it? Well, I guess you’ll just have to read on to find out!
[Hot Tea – $.75 cents per person]
They have hot tea here, but it ain’t free, my friends. But for a mere 75 cents per person, you, too can get your own little clear teapot full of hot, hot tea with teeny tiny little cups to drink out of. I really wish I had gotten a photo of Jake drinking with this tiny cup because it amused me to no end. I guess I was too busy being amused to think of it.
[Vietnamese fried spring rolls – $5.95]
We started our meal with these Vietnamese fried spring rolls. We were like, right next door to our favorite (very busy) Chinese restaurant so I knew this wouldn’t quite live up to our favorite egg rolls, but I felt that they’d be different enough to make up for it. The dipping sauce and fillings are different but still quite tasty.
[Shrimp and Pork Wonton with egg noodles – $7.95]
I’ve had Pho plenty of times so I didn’t feel the need to have it here since I could mooch a taste of it off of Jake’s. I wanted something different! Wonton soup sounded like just the thing.
The little wonton dumplings were quite tasty here, with bits of pork in the soup . It was a fairly light-tasting broth and it had a good amount of wontons floating around in the mix. It wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t terrible – just a good, hearty, average soup. I’d probably try something else next time – I don’t see really having a hankering for it again, unless I really want something with shrimp.
[Pho Noodle Soup with rare steak / $5.45]
Jake’s first bowl of Pho was with the rare steak – you can see it’s still slightly pink in the photo above since it cooked right up once it hit the hot broth. Jake really enjoyed his first bowl of Pho and ended up taking half of it home – it’s a lot of soup and noodles to consume in one sitting! I remember thinking the broth wasn’t super strong so I felt it would be a good starting point for his palate.
Hopefully we’ll have more Pho places under our belt in the future now that Jake knows he likes it!
Pho Convoy Noodle Soup
945 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91913