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Dec. 28, 2009 at 6:47am

Quick Bites - Pho Quest

Minji's Pho

Large bowl of rare beef and brisket pho. Plenty of fresh Thai basil and some spicy red oriental sauce as well. All cooled down with a frosty taro flavored bubble tea with tapioca balls. This is my new fav for pho in Tacoma. What's yours?

Minji's Pho [ map ]

comments [18]  |  posted under food, minji's pho, quick bites, restaurant, tacoma, vietnamese


by L.S.Erhardt on 12/28/2009 @ 7:27pm
Dude, it's gotta be Saigon on 38th in the so-called "Lincoln/International District" (that name just rolls off your tongue)

Half the appeal is the atmosphere. Those Vietnamese soap operas are even more over-acted than American ones! I don't understand a word they say, but it's hilarious!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/28/2009 @ 7:37pm
If you want the real pho instead of the faux pho I'd recommend Pho Bac up on 11th near MLK and the pawn shop. I'd say it is the pho king of Tacoma, to be sure.

by KevinFreitas on 12/28/2009 @ 9:37pm
@Thorax & @Crenshaw -- Good call guys. I'm relatively new in my pho quest but both those you mentioned are next on my list to be sure. Thanks for the confirmation guys! I'll let you know what I think once I get there.

by jenyum on 12/28/2009 @ 9:48pm
I like V&V on South Tacoma Way for the ultra super cheapness and lack of MSG (which is in virtually all pho) but I have to admit I like the MSG stuff plenty fine. Pho Bac is great, I also I like Pho Linh by Flying Fish Sushi off Pearl, and Nu Thuy on 38th.

You can great carrot beef stew at Minji's, Pho on 38th, and V&V. A little heartier than the regular stuff and awesome with basil and chilis.

by Mofo from the Hood on 12/28/2009 @ 10:04pm
Tapioca balls...are you pho king serious?

When I was a kid I thought that tapioca was a cheap lumpy knock-off of Jell-0 pudding.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/28/2009 @ 10:05pm
It is

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/28/2009 @ 10:06pm
@ KFr8t:

Also try Pho 38th by the mall. It's in the same plaza where Red Robin is. It's not THE best pho, but it certainly is quite decent.

...plus you can hit the dollar store next door when you're done.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/28/2009 @ 10:44pm
That is a good tip, TO'T. pho and the dollar store, not quite the trifecta but a good bet none the less. pho in the Lincoln District followed up with the East Asia Market on 38th is another nice bet.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/28/2009 @ 11:38pm
East Asia Market is a winner, but they never have the chrysanthemum tea I like. I have to go to the Hong Kong Supermarket to get it.
For those who don't know, there are like 3 Asian grocery stores in the Lincoln hood. Always fun to check out, but bring cash if you intend to spend less than $5

Another cool place to check out is the Asia Gift and Aquarium.
Other than that creepy parrot with no wings, that place has all kinds of crazy stuff. I bought my best friends & his wife their Christmas gift there: a Japanese tea set actually made in Japan.

by Non Sequitur on 12/28/2009 @ 11:42pm
Where to go for the faux pho? Don't you know? For the faux pho, you have to go down the row to the place where they show the pho and feed it to the ho's.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/30/2009 @ 2:58pm
I see they have a new iPhone application called iPhở, it lets you know exactly where the closest Phở is. Do not confuse this with the other new iPhone application, the iHo, that lets you find the closest hooker.

by jenyum on 2/18/2010 @ 5:37pm
I'd say it is the pho king of Tacoma, to be sure.

Speaking of Pho King, @TracyMar tells me there's now a Pho King in Tacoma on MLK. Points for the name, for sure.

I will probably be forced to eat lunch there tomorrow.

by Dave_L on 2/18/2010 @ 8:46pm
Thanks for the tip, and beat ya to it. I'm no expert, but Pho Bac was closing by the time I got there and I had a satisfying dinner and tea at the King for under $5. (And their kids were quite entertaining.) I think she said 20% off all month. She said they are new to the area and was thrilled that I had had already read about them on-line. Find them next to Hi-Gloss Photo, near Le-Le. I had enough change left over for an early stop at the Tempest.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/18/2010 @ 9:04pm
Pho King and Tempest, dang near the trifecta in my book.

by seejane on 2/19/2010 @ 4:02pm
dang... I had a bologna sandwich or lunch and now feel like I got cheated!

by dolly varden on 2/27/2010 @ 7:24pm
Pho King should become a new Tacoma tourist attraction. I can't believe they named it that. Went there recently -- good and cheap!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/27/2010 @ 10:14pm
I hear it is not just good, it is Pho King good. Went by fairly early one day and it seems you can get pho for breakfast if you like. Probably not a bad choice if you are hung over from the night before.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/27/2010 @ 11:06pm
gotta check out the King. Man, we need a whole chain of those all over town!


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