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Once a year on our anniversary in August, we have our pho-a-thon/ pholympics.  We go to the top 2 restaurants rated by us this year. The winners are Thien Kim on Nanaimo and Broadway in Vancouver and Pho Thai Hoa on Capstan way in Richmond.  It’s also called Pholympics because we come up with silly events and prizes 😛

We met at Thien Kim for lunch; it was busy as usual. Since we weren’t rating their pho this time, we took the opportunity to try out the other dishes people have been raving about.

seafood noodle soup

satay noodle soup

Just like the pho, the other dishes were delicious.  We didn’t stay long as there were people waiting outside for a table.  This place will definitely become one of my regulars. Highly recommended!


The dinner meeting is where all the fun events take place.  Pho thai hoa serves a very good bowl of pho too.  Our Pholympics categories this year include: fastest eater, spiciest eater, most meatballs stuffed in mouth, and broth hurdles.

chilis for spicy eating contest                             interesting design

broth hurdles! It almost came back out after I was done!

meatballs (+extras) stuffed in mouth and the spiciest eater!

kings and queens of pho: fastest eater and yes, most meatballs stuffed in mouth :O


All in all, great food and great company. This little idea which arose during a period of unemployment has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me 🙂 It’s kept us all together and given us the opportunity to try new things and meet new people. Live on Pholicious!


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We had pretty high expectations for this meeting since Pho Thai Hoa received a bronze medal for best Vietnamese restaurant in the 2009 Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Awards.  They even had the ad posted on the door 🙂  It has 2 different locations, once on Kingsway and the other in Richmond.  We visited the Kingsway one back in 2006 and rated the pho a 6/10.   It was good but it didn’t particularly stand out.

The restaurant is located on Capstan way, in the same plaza and Pho Queen.  I always have problems finding parking  in this lot during lunch hours…. sooo busy!  It’s on a corner and the restaurant is very long and narrow.  The decor is very interesting- it resembles a cruise ship! There are big murals, life preservers, and even the staff is dressed in sailor outfits.  Pho on a cruise?  That’s a first!  Another thing that stood out was the nice tea cups they have (see above picture).

The menu is extensive and includes subs and bubble tea.  I ordered the usual starter- spring rolls!  The skin was extremely tough and it did not taste fresh. Good thing it wasn’t an indicate of how the pho would be!

The price is average- $5.95 for a small and $6.50 for the large.  The portions are noticeably bigger than usual.  The noodles were the thinner type, and there was a generous portion.  The beef slices are very thin and tender.  The broth was very fragrant and flavorful- it had a nice beef flavor and was a bit on the sweet side.  MSG levels were rated to be medium.  Overall, this was a solid bowl of pho!  It might be time to give the Kingsway location another try!  It scored a 8/10.

Pho Thai Hoa on Urbanspoon

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For our September meeting, we wanted to ride the new Canada line so we chose a restaurant in Richmond.  Pho Queen was recommended by one of our members who frequents Richmond Pho restaurants.  The restaurant is opened from 11am to 12am everyday.  When we arrived at the restaurant, we noticed that the plaza was extremely busy!  The parking lot was full and there were lots of cars circling around and waiting for spots.  It seemed extremely hectic.  It’s a good thing the restaurant was not as busy as the parking lot because we had 12 people for this meeting.  The staff quickly put a few tables together for us and served us tea.

The interior was bright, clean, and the high ceilings made it feel very open.  It was very spacious and the tables were not crammed together.  I was told it used to be a Chinese restaurant and thus the decor reflected so.  Most tables were round ones with marble tops.  In the center of the room, it had a huge chandelier!  It certainly adds a bit of class 😛 With the chandelier we thought the prices would be higher – but they were reasonable.  $5.50 for a small bowl and $6.50 for a large.

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They had subs for $3.50 but it was sold out for that day 😦 So I got spring rolls as appetizer instead.  They were delicious! It had lots of filling and tasted fresh.  Now for the main event- the pho!  The noodles were cooked just right- nice and firm.  The portion was a bit smaller as they were only 5 slices of beef in a small pho tai.  Broth had good flavor and was not too fatty or oily.  It didn’t taste like they use much MSG.  I would say low-medium amount.  We gave it a 7.5. I would return to this place if I was in the area.  The pho is good, restaurant is spacious and clean, and hours make it convenient.

Pho Queen on Urbanspoon

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