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Pho 32 & Shabu
Posted by Marion on 04/06/2006
They are trying to copy vietnamese pho but why they serve cilantro instead of basil? the place was great but the music was so-so ... well about the service...the cashiers are loud ..you could hear laughter even if you're in the restroom.. although the filipina waitress was so nice and very appreciative. she knows what she's doing.. overall i would give this place an average rating...
Posted by Anonymous on 01/07/2006
I've had Shabu Shabu in Boston and a few other cities, but this was a disappointing place. The quality in ingredients weren't that great. I would eat somewhere else in K-town the next time I visit.
Posted by i-love-pho on 11/03/2005
The difference between K-Pho (Korean made) and the real Pho is like day and night. Because Koreans in general don't like the strong flavor of 'star anise' (which is a key Pho ingredient) most Korean owned/operated Pho places don't include them, resulting in broth that lacks. If you're into a real Pho, you'll be disappointed. Basil is also not appreciated here.
Posted by Bocario on 09/26/2005
We went to K-Town looking for Korean and wandered in here instead. We opted for the Shabu Shabu, which was definetely a new culinary experience. The vegetable and meat ingredients were fresh, and the noodles were doughy and delicious. However, Pho 32 is not a great value for the nieghborhood. As for atmosphere, the repetition of the same pop songs over and over was worse than kitschy. When in K-Town, best bets to stick with Korean.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2005
While the food here is supposedly Vietnamese, it is definitely catered to be more Korean than anything else. The pho dishes hardly resembles authentic pho, the summer rolls are subpar, and cilantro is not used in anything. If you want Vietnamese, go to a real Vietnamese place. Food here is for someone with taste buds for Korean food. The atmosphere is cute, however, and the service is friendly and helpful.
Posted by jorea77 on 01/25/2005
Pho32 offers a clean and civil place to enjoy pho and shabu shabu. Though Pho 32's cuisine is not traditionally Korean, the service and spirit of the place are typical of Koreatown--its food is less greasy than the grub served by other types of Asian restaurants and it seems as though higher quality ingredients are used, in exchange for the slightly higher price, ofcourse. If you have a large group, the make-your-own spring rolls is a good bet, with lots of stuffings to choose from, including Korean-style marinated chicken and pineapple. My favorite dish, however, is the "jook" or rice porridge that comes at the end of the shabu-shabu production when all that remains is the broth in which you've cooked the veggies and meat. Seasoned with sesame oil and dried seaweed, with an egg thrown in for some protein and added texture, it's the ultimate cold weather comfort food.