May 5, 2022 - Food and Drink

Vietnamese, fast and fresh from Pho Lucky

Vermicelli bowl with grilled chicken.
Vermicelli bowl with grilled chicken. Photo: Joe Guillen/Axios

👋 Hello, Joe here. After a recent bus ride downtown, I walked north for lunch and landed at Pho Lucky on Woodward.

  • I usually order pho at Vietnamese restaurants, but this time I went for a vermicelli bowl, also known as the Bun Thit Nuong. The dish comes with your choice of grilled chicken, pork or beef.

🐔I chose chicken. It was well-seasoned — tasting like it came straight off the grill — and served atop a bed of vermicelli noodles alongside bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, iceberg lettuce and cilantro. The bowl was served with a sweet and sour sauce that I poured over the dish before eating.

  • A trio of condiments was tableside for extra flavor: hoisin sauce, Sriracha and a garlic chili sauce.

The bottom line: For about $13, the bowl was filling and flavorful. The lettuce, sprouts and peanuts added the right amount of texture and the flavors were balanced nicely. Strong recommendation!

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