Food Porn: Pho Saigon

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It’s not secret that I have developed an almost irrational love of the Vietnamese dish Pho (pronounced “fa”).  It’s a simple dish, essentially a broth with noodles and a choice of meat, and it’s been featured on this website several times.  The first time I had this dish was when Alli and I visited Saigon Bangkok (pre-fire) and it blew us away.  Between the amazing flavor of the broth, the rice noodles, and the tenderness of the beef (essentially cooked right in front of you in the broth) it just magically came together as one of my favorite meals that I have ever featured on Buffalo Eats.

However, since then, every time I have ordered it, it hasn’t lived up to that first experience (which is part of the reason I’m slightly obsessed with trying it every chance I get).  Was Saigon Bangkok’s just superior to all others?  Pho is such a simple dish that the ingredients should not be that different from restaurant to restaurant.  Regardless, I still enjoy it and when I ordered the Pho with Shrimp at Pho Saigon, I devoured the entire bowl.  With the addition of moderate amounts of Sriracha Hot Sauce (the Rooster bottle), it definitely hit the spot.

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During our visit to Pho Siagon (other than an order of Pho) as an appetizer we ordered a Vietnamese Pancake, a fluffy potato pancake filled with bean spouts and served with a side of their own Duck Sauce.  It had a decent flavor, and when wrapped inside the lettuce supplied with it, it was pretty satisfying.  I probably wouldn’t try it again, but if potato pancakes are your thing then go for it.

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Because we shared the Pho (the portions are fairly large), we also ordered also the Chicken Teriyaki.  Alli considers herself a connoisseur of Chicken Teriyaki, with the standard of excellence being UB’s Korean Express (believe it or not).  Pho Saigon’s version was a a good size, served with a fair amount of chicken, and their sauce was sweet but overall it was nothing to brag about.  Sure the dish isn’t that adventurous to begin with, but the larger portion did not compensate for the fairly neutral flavor.

Overall, Pho Saigon isn’t anything amazing but the staff seems to be friendly (I’ve never had a problem) and every time I have visited I’ve sat down right away and never had to wait longer then 10 minutes for food.  The location itself is in the middle of a plaza on Niagara Falls Blvd (near the Boulevard Mall), located across from Outback Steakhouse and right next door to GameStop.  What that means is that you won’t be having a candle lit dining experience.  It’s more of a fast food experience (with much better food however), but sometimes I actually prefer that instead of something that’s more time consuming and stuffy.  If you’re looking for the best Vietnamese in Buffalo however, it’s not there.  So while you won’t be getting a fine dining experience like at Saigon Cafe or Saigon Bangkok (if they have re-opened by now), you will get a simple, quick, and fairly cheap meal that will some-what satisfy your Vietnamese craving (at least temporarily).

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