Pho Co Duong
Pho Co Duong is a Vietnamese restaurant with an extensive menu of vermicelli, stir-fried dishes and of course pho noodle soups.
The spot by Sheppard and Allen Road shares a parking lot with a kebab house and falafel shop and features a simple no-fuss dining room with just a few tables. The white walls and large windows welcome plenty of sunlight, making it a bright spot to slurp up some noodles.
Their massive menu, containing over 100 items, is the only thing dressing up the bare walls. You definitely won't be stuck for options and prices average out to between $4 to $11.
Aromas from the kitchen waft through the tiny pickup window where orders fly out at record speed. Every meal is whipped up in about 10 minutes or so.
Each aromatic pho (medium: $10.50, large: $11.50) comes in an intensely beefy broth with your choice between beef balls, flank, tendon or tripe on top.
There are 13 ways you can get the vermicelli which is made with rice noodles. We choose to go with BBQ chicken and spring rolls on the side ($10.25).
The chicken spring rolls that are deep-fried aren't overly greasy and come slightly crispy on the outside with a generous amount of meat inside.
The rice with pork chop and BBQ chicken ($12.25) is one of the most popular items on the menu and one of the most expensive, though still just north of $10. Both the chicken and pork are full of flavour and nicely cooked, keeping the tenderness intact.
The pad Thai ($11.75) with chicken is a personal favourite. The sauce, both sweet and savoury, is flavored with tamarind juice, fish sauce, dried shrimp and red chili pepper. A few crushed peanuts over top would've been a nice addition, though.
Though they're served with pork, beef or chicken, pork is the classic choice for the Vietnamese sandwich ($4.50). You'll find a good ratio of meat to crunchy veggies on the bahn mi and the French-style baguette comes fresh.
Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk ($4) is often paired up with the bahn mi by lunchers. The milk's sweetness is offset by strong coffee flavours.
The big portions and flavourful broth will certainly make Pho Co Duong the latest go-to spot for pho in the neighbourhood, while also offering up a slew of other options.