With the Vietnamese New Year coming, I wanted to celebrate Vietnamese restaurants around town. Every day, I’ll be revisiting some old favorites. With that, the latest stop took me to Pho Cuong at 37th and Woodlawn. It’s a Vietnamese restaurants that has a great selection of soups to keep me warm during the winter months.
6605 E. 37th St. North
Wichita, KS 67226
Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am – 8pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
Closed on Monday
I was joined by a friend for lunch today who also is no stranger to Pho Cuong. It’s been a popular meet up spot when we wanted to grab pho or whatever over lunch. What’s nice about Pho Cuong is the service is extremely quick, so anybody could get in and out for lunch in 30 minutes.
For this revisited review, my friend ordered their P5 bowl of pho which included rare steak, soft tendon and tripe.
I went with my mother’s favorite soup, Bún bò Huế (spicy beef noodle soup).
If you’re unfamiliar with it Bún bò Huế is a Vietnamese soup with rice vermicelli noodles that are thicker and more cylindrical than your standard pho noodles. Often times you’ll find it with beef shanks, pork patties, ham hocks and congealed pig blood. Don’t let the makeup of the meal scare you away.
The dish is quite delicious especially if you love spicy food. There’s so much going on with it and starkly different from pho. There’s a balance of sweet, salty, spicy and umami flavors going on with it. It has a complex flavor profile that hits you from all angles and leaves a very impressionable aftertaste. While so many people are more familiar with other Vietnamese soups, this is one to definitely try when wanting to venture more into different cuisines offered. Pho Cuong makes an awesome option.
Of if you want to play it safe from the start and just looking for a good old-fashioned bowl of pho, Pho Cuong is one of the best in town. There’s always talk about the best pho in Wichita and in my book this is top 5 in town. This is a go to for my friend who loves her Vietnamese dishes.
Another noteworthy thing to consider with Pho Cuong is the place is well-kept. They do a great job of keeping the place clean which is great considering how busy they are. The restaurant gets a good amount of traffic and turns tables over quickly while still offering great service.
Here is their menu:
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