No debate for best pho in town or perhaps even best Vietnamese restaurant is complete until Pho Hien is brought into the discussion. From a pho standpoint, it’s highly regarded by many as the best in the city. I made why way around to every pho offered in the city not just once but twice in the past eight years and the conclusion still stands. Pho Hien is always in the upper echelon.
1750 N Broadway #500
Wichita, KS 67214
Everyday except Wednesday: 9:30am – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am 3pm
For starters, they take card. It’s one of the misconceptions about Pho Hien. Plastic is just as good as cash here.
If you’re one of those people who go to these places strictly for pho, you’re in good hands. The heart and soul of pho comes from the broth and Pho Hien has been hitting homeruns for years with theirs. It’s rich, hearty, flavorful and been curing many hangovers for people of all ages (21 and up of course). I’ve never been fond of the pho that’s made on the spot or taste watered down. Pho Hien’s broth tasted as if it had been simmering for days giving it a rich brown hue and clear of any residue. As with any bowl of pho, I started by taking a big sip of it. It was pure bliss. It had a meaty bite followed by a sharp sweetness from the spices. Everything else inside was just icing on the cake. The fact they don’t skimp on noodles or meat made it even better. Then to charge under $10 for any size bowl just sealed the deal for me. It’s impossible to leave their hungry.
While Vietnamese cuisine is most popular for their pho, I would urge everybody to try something different. There are many other great soup dishes on the menu; many my aunt would make for us while growing up.
Some personal favorites include No. 23 hu tieu mi, No. 27 hu tieu bo vien and No. 25 hu tieu my tho. I’m such a sucker for the white glass noodles. They offer a little more texture than your traditional pho noodles but just as delicious. One of these days I may have to just do a full review on the other dishes offered here besides pho.
From a price standpoint, they are hard to beat. Small bowls are $7 and change and are still enough for the average appetite. Service has always been quick for me and my group of friends. Sometimes there can be a small language barrier but that hasn’t stopped me from getting great tacos and won’t prevent me from great Vietnamese food.
Here’s their menu:
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