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1133 N.W. 25th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
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Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tea: Jasmine (bags)
Smoking: No Smoking
Tofu with Lemongrass:
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The Cao Nguyen Super Market is the main source for Asian groceries in Oklahoma City, and has become the
center of activity in the "Little Saigon" neighborhood. Adjacent to the super market is an office building with
several small businesses, among them being Mr. Phő, a small but upscale Vietnamese restaurant.
The name "Mr. Phő" may be somewhat unfortunate, because it offers much more than the typical pho restaurants and noodle houses that line Classen Boulevard, and have begun to spread into other areas of the OKC Metro. The restaurant is officially a "Vietnamese and Chinese" restaurant, but Chinese dishes seem to be limited to lunch specials and some dinner combination plates. The Vietnamese dishes, though, are some of the most interesting to be found in the city.
The white tablecloths covered with glass are a nice touch. The restaurant is small, and tables are somewhat close together. I would not call it "fine dining," but it is comfortable and very clean. It is too bad that only one table has an unobstructed view out the front window because the fountain is rather refreshing and the sculpture of a Chinese tea pot is quite interesting. The fake palm trees which are lighted up at night (part of the super market decor) give added interest to the outdoor visual scene.
With lemongrass being one of my favorite spices, I wanted to try the Vietnamese version. Tofu with Lemon Grass and Hot Pepper is a menu item that I found to have a delicious tasting lemograss flavoring with fried tofu, peppers, and tomatoes. While I was disappointed that the dish did not contain more vegetables, a bigger problem is that the sauce that "contains a little bit of MSG" actually seems to contain a lot of MSG, and affected me that way.
The hot tea is a jasmine/green tea blend. I prefer tea made with loose leaves, but the tea bags used here have a better than average flavor.
Bubble Tea is made from a mix, and was refreshing but not outstanding.
Most patrons eat the authentic Vietnamese noodle dishes and soups. I think I would be afraid to do much exploration of the menu since the restaurant's idea of "a little MSG" is enough to give me a migraine headache for a good portion of the day.
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