Jul 28, 2021 - Food and Drink
This Des Moines Vietnamese restaurant serves the dish of the summer
A plate of Thit nuong (pork) vermicelli at Pho All Seasons in Des Moines.
Thit nuong (pork) vermicelli at Pho All Seasons in Des Moines. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

If there's a dish that exemplifies summer's bright flavors — Vietnamese vermicelli is it.

  • And Pho All Seasons nails it each time with their generous helpings of meat and egg rolls.

What it is: Vermicelli (bún) is a round rice noodle that's light to eat. It's served with meat, egg rolls, fresh veggies and a side of fish sauce (nuoc cham) that gives it flavor.

Why we like it: Axios' Linh Ta ordered the pork vermicelli (bún thit nuong) that's topped with mint, cucumber, peanuts, scallions, egg rolls and lemongrass pork. ($8.50)

  • The thinly-sliced pork had a sweet glaze and a little bit of a chew. The mint and cucumber added crisp freshness, while the egg rolls were a fried guilty pleasure to bite alongside the bowl. It all works together.
  • Don't skip the fish sauce. It gives the entire bowl, especially the noodles, a salty, umami flavor that's essential to Vietnamese dishes.

📍Visit: 1311 E Euclid Ave., Des Moines

Open: 10am-3pm Mon; 10am-9pm Tues-Sun

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