Oklahoma City, OK
Family Pho is a small family run Vietnamese restaurant in a strip shopping center that is really not typical of other such restaurants. They do not serve the pseudo Chinese food found in most strip mall restaurants (the food here is strictly Vietnamese). The flavors are authentic (as far as I can tell), and the menu is closer to the restaurants in the Asian District than to other strip mall restaurants. They definitely do not have all the menu items served in the larger Asian District restaurants, but the pho selections are very good, as are the rice and vermicelli dish choices.
I am encouraged about this type of restaurant because the clientele is overwhelming non-Vietnamese, yet the menu is easy to navigate for both those who are Vietnamese food experts and those who really do not have much knowledge about it. My advice to first time diners would probably be to try the pho–not only because this is the restaurant’s specialty but also because I think this restaurant has a very good version of it.
So far I have only tried the Pho Ga, or the chicken version (chicken breast meat in a chicken broth). This is not a slap at the other types of soup at Family Pho, it is because I find the chicken pho disappointing at many restaurants and I am very glad to find one that is good. The flavor is quite good, but probably more important to me is the fact that the restaurant does not use MSG (which leaves me free from worry about how I am going to feel after the meal).
The chicken pho has a chicken broth and white meat chicken as the main soup ingredient. Other types of non-beef soup are also available, including vegetarian, shrimp, and seafood.
They told me that one of the “secret” ingredients in the soup that makes it so good is cinnamon, although it is not obvious when tasting it, and this is just one of the ingredients used to make the flavors balanced.
Of course I like to add the condiments served on a side dish including the basil and bean sprouts.
There are not many suburban restaurants that have a Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl, but Family Pho has it (as well as lemongrass beef). This is also one of my favorite items here, although it did have the shortcoming of not having mint as one of the ingredients. The rest of it, though, is good enough for it to say on my “want to order” list.
Although I did not order the sandwich myself, I have a photo of it as well as a recommendation to order it.
I found out that the takeout version of the Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl is as good as the one in the restaurant, and in this case may be even better. This one had mint (something that was previously missing in the restaurant version), and everything else was excellent. It was a little short on the lemongrass flavor, but it was certainly a main part of the dish and there was enough to do the job. The chicken, sauce, noodles, etc. were all excellent. This was easily one of the best items I have had from Family Pho, even though I did not actually eat it in the restaurant.
Another factor to consider with this dish was the fact that it left such a pleasant aftertaste with me that I did not want to “spoil” it the rest of the day with any other food items including dessert. I would judge the fish sauce, chile paste, and the dish itself to be among the best I have had anywhere, and to have such a meal at home was a special treat, especially compared to the other takeout items that are available. I think the chile sauce was something I requested and is not normally included in the orders, but I would definitely recommend it.
My best experience at the restaurant was the pho, but the takeout version of lemongrass chicken stands out as the most memorable meal I have had from Family Pho. I do not know if the food has generally gotten better over the last several years or if it was just the circumstances around the specific meal I ordered, but I definitely think this is an excellent restaurant for takeout, and will likely be just as good when they are able to open the dining room again (I am writing this in light of the Corona virus outbreak while all Oklahoma City restaurants are forced to close their restaurants to dine-in patrons).
Hours: Closed Sat.
Smoking: No smoking
Most Recent Visit: Feb. 18, 2020
Number of Visits: 7
Best Items: Chicken Pho, Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl
Asian Food Details
|Tea:||Jasmine (bags), Thai Tea, Milk Tea|
|Pho Ga (Chicken)|
|Lemongrass Chicken Vermicelli Bowl|
Menu (Jul. 2017):