June 12, 2018: I went to this Vietnamese restaurant that I had never been to before and I was blown away with how delicious the food was! It was unassuming from the storefront and although it included the word “authentic” in its name, it never actually means the truth when it comes to businesses so my expectations were low from the beginning.
Pho Quinn Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine is located at the northeast corner of Highway 7 and McCowan facing Markville Mall. They have parking available in the front and back lots as well as designated temporary parking for customers who are picking up online orders.
We arrived here before 7 p.m. on a Thursday evening and the place was somewhat busy. We placed our orders with the servers who spoke Cantonese and I was so impressed that the food came out on our table so quickly — in less than 5 minutes!
We ordered the Grilled Pork Chop, Baked Egg & Shrimp Bean Curd with Rice; Shredded Pork & Pork Skin Rolls; and also Grilled Pork, Spring Roll & Pork Sausage with Vermicelli (bun).
I loved this bun!! It was exactly the type of rice vermicelli I had been craving for (after having had a lackluster one at The Pho Restaurant just days previously). The texture and strand size of the rice vermicelli were exactly to my liking. It was delicious!! Each of the items, grilled pork, spring roll, and pork sausage was on point too. I gobbled this up so quickly.
The Grilled Pork Chop, Baked Egg & Shrimp Bean Curd with Rice was so good too. Essentially, it was a platter of broken rice with various meats. 😀
I had never eaten the Shrimp Bean Curd before and it was so tasty! It was a crispy and crunchy folded bean curd with some shrimp between it. It wasn’t too oily either.
I have had the Baked Egg before at The Pho Restaurant, but this one was particularly tastier. I was just so impressed with it all!
The Shredded Pork & Pork Skin Rolls were new to me as I’ll usually get the ones with shrimp (summer rolls). The slight crisp of the pork skin within the thinly wrapped rolls had a unique texture and tasted good too.
Shortly after receiving our food and digging in, there was a huge influx of customers (7 p.m. prime time dinner time) to the point that a queue started to form near the entrance. Wow, I was so glad we arrived early to get a table!
Pho Quinn is truly a hidden gem. I never expected the food to taste so authentic and delicious!! 🙂 I already know that I’m going to be back. Next time, I want to come back and try their pho!
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July 19, 2018: Just like I said I would, I returned back for more food at Pho Quinn! In particular on this visit, I tried their pho! ^_^
They were lots of customers like last time (confirming their popularity and likeability). We were here on a Thursday at around 1 p.m.
I ordered the small size of the Chef’s Special Beef Rice Noodle Soup which had rare beef, brisket, beef tendon, tripe, and beef balls.
My mom originally wanted a curry version of pho too, but the server advised her that the curry wouldn’t go well with the pho noodles and instead to order the Curry Chicken Vermicelli Soup.
The two bowls came out steaming hot. I liked my pho noodles and the clear beef stock too. It wasn’t MSG-laded as I didn’t feel thirsty afterwards. It was a very satisfying bowl of pho! ^_^
My mom has really high expectations for her soup noodles and especially the curry broth. She thought that the curry broth in the Curry Chicken Vermicelli Soup wasn’t dense enough for her liking.
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August 6, 2018: I came here again for dinner! 😀 This time, I ordered the Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup. The grilled chicken was put on a separate plate (so it doesn’t get soggy in the soup) and tasted great — slightly seasoned and so well grilled. The pho was as good as last time. I love this place. 😀
Angel ordered the Vegetable Rice Noodle Soup (small $6.25). I liked how the server actually asked her if she wanted it with a vegetarian soup base or not. I appreciate that they had a distinction between veggie soup base or not for the vegetarians.