If you’ve got a date who loves Pan-Asian food then this is your cue! Located at Cathedral Road, this Pan-Asian restaurant may be a little hard to find. But once you do, you’ll find a buzzing spot serving up tasty oriental food and unique drinks. Priding itself as an Asian Canteen, the menu at Va Pho boasts throughout Asia. When Oriental cravings strike, make a trip to Va Pho – Asian Canteen for their unique Pan-Asian dishes.
Tucked among the many eateries along Cathedral Road, this trendy dig is great for group gatherings – food portions are generous and space is ample. Just one look at the menu and you will find Vietnamese, Indonesian, Filipino, Korean, Burmese, Malaysian, Singaporean and obviously the most popular of them of all, Chinese and Thai. This makes Va Pho a different kind of Pan-Asian restaurant and knowing that all comes under the Oriental Cuisines umbrella, you are guaranteed a culinary journey through Asia with every dish.
Drink Served on Table :
Milo Dyno – Milo Dinosaur or Milo Dyno is the most popular chocolate energy drink in Malaysia. Milo Dyno basically is a glass of chilled of Milo with an extra spoonful of undissolved Milo powder added on top of it, delightfully creamy & malty.
Food Served on Table :
Har Gow – Chinese Shrimp Dim Sum (Har Gow) served with Zucchini, Corn and Cream Cheese dips. Har gow is a form of Dim Sum made with a translucent covering and stuffed with shrimp and vegetables. Juicy, luscious filling wrapped by a translucent skin is a pleasure both for palate and eyes.
Saigon Pho Beef – Pho is the national dish of Vietnam. The Hanoi (northern) and Saigon (southern) styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. In Vietnam, French settlers commonly eat beef pho, whereas Vietnamese traditionally eat pork and chicken pho. The highlight of Saigon Pho Beef is sliced grilled beef served over a bed of shredded lettuce and spicy tomato sauce with soup on the side.
Vapho Prawns – Vapho Prawns is Sambal Udang a typical spicy Malaysian dish. Prawn Sambal is a fiery and piquant side dish where prawn’s sweetness is balanced by the hot and spicy flavours of sambal sauce.
Crispy Spicy Fish Bao – Crispy Spicy Fish Bao is typical fluffy Bao buns stuffed with crisp, tender and juicy panko-fried fish fillet – a staple in Taiwanese street food. Sichuan Salt and Pepper marinated Fish gives a spicy aroma and crisp texture in mouth. If you think fish rolls are amazing, wait till you try this one out.
Spicy Grilled Fish Satay – Spicy Grilled Fish Satay is one of Indonesian traditional dishes called Sate Lilit Bali or Balinese Fish Satay. Properly marinated fish cooked with the rich taste of Indonesian spices, grated coconut and grilled with love.
Phuket Pork Satay – Phuket Pork Satay or Moo Ping can be found in every market and on every street corner in Phuket, Thailand. Thin slices of fatty pork pieces are tossed in a punchy, savory marinade, bunched tightly onto skewers, and grilled over charcoal. Grilled pork skewers called moo ping, are a popular street food in Thailand.
Khaosuay Chicken – Khow Suey is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Burmese cuisine. Khow suey is Burmese curried noodles made of egg noodles and curried chicken with coconut milk, served with a variety of contrasting condiments. Adding chopped green chilli and a squeeze of lemon also adds tanginess and spiciness to khow suey.
Mung Bean Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream – Mung Bean Cake has original from Hai Duong, a northern province of Vietnam. Mung Bean Cake or Banh Dau Xanh is a popular Vietnamese desert prepared with mashed mung beans. Hai Duong Mung Bean Cakes have been famous for over a century, and are closely associated with a story about Bao Dai- Vietnam’s last emperor.
Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick – Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick (Ice buko), also known as buko ice candy or coconut Popsicle a traditional Filipino Dessert made with coconut strings, pearls, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. Buko ice candy or Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick is a Filipino ice pop made from milk and young coconut and served with sweetened coconut cream & sago pearls. Perhaps the most refreshing summer Popsicle to enjoy on a warm day.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
For a healthy twist on Chinese fave, try their Har Gow for chopped shrimp piled with cucumber, carrot with a translucent covering and three delicious homemade sauce to dip. Chinese Shrimp Dim Sum featuring juicy, luscious chopped shrimp filling and served with Zucchini, Corn and Cream Cheese dips.
Share their crisp, tender and flavourful Phuket Pork Satay or Moo Ping, which is especially good when paired with their gochujiang sauce. Wash it all down with a tall frosty glass of creamy & malty Milo Dyno.
Great for sharing is their popular Saigon Pho Beef that features nicely charred, juicy sliced grilled beef. Order this super addictive and hearty Saigon Pho Beef when you are in a group. The sliced grilled beef has a nice crunch on the outside but remains juicy, while a runny spicy soup complete the pearly white rice bowl.
Equally stunning is their Vapho Prawns, having shot to fame for its spicy sambal sauce and lightly crisp, soft and luscious prawns – a definite must-order.
Also on the hit list is the Crispy Spicy Fish Bao, featuring housemade soft, melt in mouth, buttery Bao and crispy, juicy and spicy fish.
I recommend the Spicy Grilled Fish Satay — generous amounts crisp and flavourful fish pieces on skewers just waiting to get vanished in your mouth just don’t forget to dip before you bite.
Go straight for their signature dessert, the Mung Bean Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream — Vietnamese Mung Bean Cake that are incredibly light and fluffy. These cakes are accompanied by chopped mix fruits and vanilla ice cream.
Save some tummy space so you can order the Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick for another dessert.
Don’t look past this hole-in-a-wall along bustling Cathedral Road. Vietnamese food is one of the most varied cuisines in Asia — a delicious blend of the food from its colonial visitors and its inherent age-old native flavours and techniques. Mark this spot and gather your colleagues for dinner at Va Pho. There’s a tiny nook of Hanoi tucked away off the busy Cathedral Road, of Gopalapuram, in Chennai.
Va Pho – Asian Canteen, 73, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai
Timing : 12noon – 3pm & 7pm – 11pm Average Cost : 1,400/- for two people
Reservation : 00 4448566555
Chennai Diary – Va Pho : Asian Canteen with Food Fun & Celebrations
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