Tucked away from the bustling streets of Jhamsikhel, walking into Pho 99’s tranquil space which exudes bonhomie feels like the warm hug you needed.
Tucked away from the bustling streets of Jhamsikhel, walking into Pho 99’s tranquil space which exudes bonhomie feels like the warm hug you needed. Quintessentially Vietnamese, warm colours adorn the walls, book shelves and décor pieces radiate a homely warmth. Pictures and paintings depicting simpler lives inspire you to get in tune with the experience. An experience of warmth, wellbeing, appreciation of nutritious eating and bliss.
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine contains this brilliant balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and fish-sauciness. As with other Asian cuisines, it's all about the yin and yang; the sweet and the salty, the cooling and the warming, the fresh and the fermented. Vietnamese food makes extensive use of fresh herbs, spices, and aromatics. Sometimes they go into a steamy pot of Pho, sometimes wrapped into Spring Rolls, sometimes enclosed with a Banh Xeo Pancake.
Some of the finest Vietnamese delicacies are essentially found in humble makeshift pho stand where a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles from their Pho. At Pho 99, you have the elegant service of a fine dining as well as the comfort and taste of the real Vietnamese kitchen.
Cheerful and passionate Chef, Vo Thi Kim Cuong works her magic in the kitchen and produces exceptional Vietnamese food for her customers. Her years of experience helps her weave an impeccable combination of five flavours: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot into each dish she prepares. This sensational synthesis makes every meal an invigorating and memorable experience.
Goi Cuop Tep (Shrimp Summer Roll)
These light and healthy fresh spring rolls are a wholesome choice with subtle flavours. The translucent rice paper are first packed with salad greens, boiled rice noodles, bean sprouts, a sprig of coriander or mint, and some seafood or minced meat, before being neatly rolled and dunked in Vietnam's favourite condiment - fish sauce. The aromatic herby fragrance, soft texture of the rice noodles along with the crunch of salad greens and the savoury taste of the shrimp is a refreshing bite to start of your meal.
Cha Gio (Deep Fried Shrimp Rolls)
An indulgent version of its healthier cousin Shrimp Summer Roll, Deep Fried Shrimp Roll is as good as its name sounds. The crispy outer layer of rice paper holds in the bursting flavours of minced pork and juicy shrimp. This is the kind of dish that you shouldn’t have much but you can’t help keep going back for it.
Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)
How can a meal in a Vietnamese Restaurant be complete without Pho? The simple dish of hot salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs, and chicken or beef, carries a hearty and wholesome feel that lightens your soul. Pho is served with a side plate with sliced limes, sprigs of mint, bean sprouts, a few whole chillies and hoisin sauce and sweet chilli sauce to be used as per one’s preference.
Caramelised Pork with Rice
A new dish in their menu, the Caramelised Pork with Rice at Pho 99 will take your palette to a new height of satisfaction. The dark caramelised pork pieces had the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. The slightly charred tender and juicy pork was the best accompaniment for the plain white rice.
Bo luc lac (Shaking Beef)
Cubes of beef are tossed around a steaming wok with garlic, pepper, and some vegetables to make shaking beef. There's nothing special about the beef that makes it shaking. The name is just a literal translation that refers to the process of mixing the beef around while cooking. The dish is topped with a sunny side up egg giving the rich gravy a creamy taste.
Make your visit to Pho 99 to find out what makes Vietnamese Cuisine so special. I already found my reason to go back to Pho 99 again, it surely gives you more than 99 reasons to eat here. Find yours!