By Eric Heubusch
Tony Phan, who came to the United States 12 years ago from Vietnam, opened Pho Viet on S.R. 60 two years ago, providing residents in the area with delicacies from both North and South Vietnam, an area not represented in most local restaurants.
Phan, whose brother also owns a Vietnamese restaurant in Tampa, explained that people looking for a new experience are not the only ones trying Pho Viet.
“Pho Viet appeals to people from the region where the recipes originate,” Phan said.
Natives of both Vietnam and Korea often come to eat at Pho Viet for its distinct similarities to cuisine from home.
Phan noted that the food is very healthy and has minimal grease. Vietnam has a rich history in oriental medicine and a lot of the herbs used in cooking are also used for healing. Not only is the food flavorful, but it is also a healthy alternative and just may help symptoms of the common cold or stomach issues.
Whether looking for a taste of home or something new to try, Phan said that the soup is a popular choice. Served in large portions, the restaurant’s signature entree features a large steaming bowl of fresh rice noodles in slow-cooked beef stock made with a special blend of herbs and spices.
If uncertain of what to order, Pho Viet offers an Appetizer Sampler, consisting of two Summer Rolls, two Egg Rolls, four Shrimp Wraps, and two Shrimp-Sausage wraps. There are many choices for appetizers, such as the Fried Salted Calamari or Vietnamese Pancake served with lettuce, radish, basil and a light fish sauce which seems closer in style to what we know as an omelet.
One of the very delicious specials offered was Filet Mignon Steak marinated with Chef’s Special Seasoning and topped with bell pepper and onions. This entrée also came with potatoes in a delicious sauce.
The restaurant also offers a different drink, the Lychee Drink, which has Lychee nuts at the bottom.
Pho Viet is located at 1202 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon in the building that Pizza Hut occupied many years ago. Check out the menu at phovietbrandon.com or on Facebook.