This blog is supposedly about trying new dishes and drinks, but so far, I think I’ve been talking about tried-and-tested favorites a little too much. It won’t be different with this entry, I have to warn you.

Last night, before watching Repertory Philippines’ Leading Ladies, I had 45 minutes to enjoy dinner over at Greenbelt. I wanted somewhere near and fast, and almost ended up getting Japanese food from Tokyo Tokyo. I was already in line, but changed my mind at the last minute. I wanted a really, really good dinner so I decided to look for another place.

The minute I saw Pho Hoa, I knew I found the perfect dinner place. What I didn’t know was the dish to order. I go for only two things whenever I go there: their Kung Pao chicken, and their vermicelli bowl with grilled chicken and fried rolls. In the end (especially coz I had only 30 minutes to wait for my order and consume my food), I had to make up my mind fast so I went for the vermicelli bowl because it has a little bit of everything: meat, noodles, and veggies.

After I finished savoring my first bite, I instantly knew that skipping Tokyo Tokyo, and choosing the vermicelli bowl over Kung Pao chicken were good decisions.

Everything in the bowl was yummy, especially the greens (even the thin slices of cucumber, to think I am not a big fan of cucumber) and the chicken, which was grilled perfectly. I am really picky when it comes to fried rolls, and the ones in the dish were actually pretty good (the wrap was crunchy while the filling was more than enough and very tasty).

And just when I thought my dinner couldn’t get any better, I remembered the chili sauce and the brown sauce in front of me, and decided to spice up my meal with them. Just a few squirts and my meal went from perfect to even more perfect, if that makes any sense. To think that I don’t even know what that brown sauce really is (Hoisin? Peanut?).

My vermicelli bowl was so good, in fact, that I wanted to take my time eating it, for maximum pleasure, but unfortunately, the show was about to start in five minutes, so I had to rush my last few bites.

I can’t wait to go back to Pho Hoa when I have a little more time on my hands. And this time, I promise to skip the vermicelli bowl and the Kung Pao chicken, so I’d have something new to blog about.