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Pho Thai Nguyen: fast becoming a Pho favorite

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Pho Thai Nguyen is located at 3221 N. Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City (map). They are open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. Call them at 405.525.7373.

I’ll start out this review as I do most every review about Pho. That is to say that if you live in Oklahoma City and you haven’t tried any of our fabulous Pho houses, you are really missing out. Really.

We are blessed with a large Vietnamese population that offers us scores of restaurants serving awesome Pho, Vermicelli, Bahn Mi and other treats that are the envy of even the largest cities in the US. I have actually had food writers from NYC mention to us on Twitter that they are envious of our Vietnamese food.

So, I know I say it all the time but, please, get out there and try some Pho. For a primer on the basics of Pho, please refer to our article from a while back called “Pho Hoa: hey Oklahoma City, it’s time to try some Pho.” In this article, I’m going to discuss another fantastic Asian District Pho House that is fast becoming a favorite of mine — Pho Thai Nguyen.

While Pho Lien Hoa typically gets a well-deserved top billing for Pho houses, Pho Thai Nguyen is quickly becoming its equal, and possibly even outshining it, at least for me. I’ve been to Pho Thai Nguyen many times over the past few years and have never had a bad experience.

The Pho is great here. My typical choice of rare steak plus brisket (the P5 at Pho Thai Nguyen – $6.25 for a small) offers a delicious broth and a generous portion of meat that is, I think, some of the most tender I’ve had at any Pho house. They also offer a wide range of other noodle soup options, as extensive a variety as I’ve seen.

Pho Thai Nguyen also offers excellent vermicelli. If you’re not in the mood for soup, try one of these very substantial bowls combining noodles with different varieties of meat and vegetables. A favorite is the BN7 noodle combination ($7.49) with lots of different meats, bean sprouts, lettuce, peanuts and a whole spring roll chopped up and mixed in. This is a huge meal, enough for some people to split, and it’s quite tasty. Be sure to add the fish sauce they provide you and mix everything around. The fish sauce provides a mild but important flavor to the mix as well as adding a little moisture to the texture and making it easier to stir around.

Pho Thai Nguyen takes things a step further than your standard Pho house by providing an extensive menu including many Chinese dishes, some Americanized and some authentic. Now, I’ve never actually tried any of these other dishes. Personally, I think the strength of most Pho houses is in the Pho and Vermicelli and other Vietnamese specialties. So, I can’t say whether or not the Chinese offerings are quality. However, it is nice to have them on the menu if you’re looking for a place you can take a group of people who may not all want to have the Pho. Why someone wouldn’t want Pho is beyond me, but I have known people who refuse to eat it and if I take them to Pho Thai Nguyen at least I can eat it while they have many other options from which to choose as well.

Another thing I like is that Pho Thai Nguyen includes hot tea for FREE. I usually go for the regular black tea but they have several other options they’ll be happy to list for you. On a cold day, it’s hard to beat a steaming bowl of Pho and some free hot tea.

Two final great features of Pho Thai Nguyen. First, their hours. They are open 8am to 10pm every day. I like this because they are open early, open late and you can count on it every single day. Very few places in OKC are open as late as 10pm every day so this is a plus. The second feature is that they take credit cards, another great plus.

Recently, I had some guests from New York City in on business for my real job. Their flight got in at 8:15pm and they needed a bite to eat. They had never been to Oklahoma before, but I had previously told them about our great Vietnamese food and they wanted to try it. The fact that Pho Lien Hoa closes at 9pm and doesn’t take cards marked them off my list as an option, so I chose Pho Thai Nguyen. Though most of OKC is closed by 8:30pm, Pho Thai Nguyen was bustling with a fairly full parking lot and a great vibe inside. The service was super friendly and the food was great. Our NYC partners were quite impressed and told me they had no idea you could get this kind of food in Oklahoma.

It’s friendly, it’s tasty, it’s cheap, it’s open early and late and you get free hot tea. I’m not sure what else I can say to convince you you should at least give Pho Thai Nguyen a try. At the very least, get out and try some Pho, Oklahoma City. It’s a huge part of our culinary landscape and one of the best-kept secrets of our little town.

Have you been to Pho Thai Nguyen? Please tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  • Cult of Nobody says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 8:34 am   

    “Why someone wouldn’t want Pho is beyond me, ”

    Amen brother Tim!!!

    I’ve only been to Pho Thai Nguyen one time but the service was excellent and the pho was tasty…. I usually prefer the beef ball with my pho. Don’t know the number at Pho Thai Nguyen.

    I also liked the dessert that came with the pho at Pho Thai Nguyen. I’m not sure what it was but I ate it and it made my tongue happy and any place that gives out a free dessert gets a thumbs up from me.

  • Lynsie says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 4:25 pm   

    Plus free dessert! Lately it has always been agar dessert, but we’ve had cheesecake and little cream puffs, too. The free soup at the beginnning is always good. They have only offered the hot and sour once that I’ve been there, but it was the best hot and sour soup I’ve ever tasted, so if they have it, grab it! I actually have never tried their Pho, I will next time. We always get the pork or beef rice plates, which are amazing. And, great bubble tea. Get the taro!

  • Michele says:
    December 20th, 2010 at 10:39 pm   

    Finally, a review of my favorite Pho place. But, now so many others will invade. Every Saturday morning I have the P14 (Pho Ga). In a word..mmmmmm….I love their broth as it is rich, I suspect the boil the whole chickens in it.

    Great service on top of everything. I could eat a whole tray of the agar dessert and am sad when they do not have it, the chocolate is to die for. I am now hungry for Pho and the great smiles I always get from their servers and owner!!

  • Jeff_W says:
    December 24th, 2010 at 8:05 am   

    Since Pho Cao Van closed it’s doors several years ago this has been my pho going spot. I’ve taked dozens of people out for their first pho experience and all but 2 of them have gone back on their own. While it’s nice that they have free tea (I prefer the jasmine) it’s the cafe sua da that I go after to enjoy with my pho (usually the simple pho tai). The staff is consistently friendly and attentive, it’s one of my favorite spots. Funny anicdote; my friend called in a pick up order to a pho place and he assured me it was our usual place (Pho Thai Nguyen) so when I went to pick it up I went there and there was no to go order for me, the guy behind the counter (who at the time I hadn’t seen before) asked me if I was sure I was in the right place, and one of the waitresses who recognized me said that whether the order was called in there or not I was in the right place. They got my to-go order done pretty quickly… I wonder who my friend called…

  • Stephanie says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 2:19 pm   

    Gah! I’m living in Los Angeles now (moved from OKC in September ’09) but I come back to this blog to check up on my hometown’s food scene. And now, I’m just dying to make a trip to my favorite pho place, Pho Thai Nguyen (or, as we sometimes called it, Pho The Win. ;)

    My ex and I started going there in mid/early 2007 — we went probably once a week, at least twice a month — and I STILL crave the delicious flavorful pho, vermicelli, shrimp summer rolls, “chicken butter”, Thai tea… oh, I could go on! I live in the heart of LA but have yet to find a pho place with the flavor, value and friendly service of PTN. Sigh.

    One last thing: I visited OKC back in October and my ex and I went there for lunch. Although a year had gone by since I last ate there, and I’ve lost some 80 lbs, our server (a young woman who was always fond of us and liked to make small talk in broken English) immediately recognized me and noted that I hadn’t been in for a while. So cute!

  • Donna says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 11:54 am   

    Yay, I’ve been waiting for this review. I LOVE this place. I go for the shrimp vermicelli bowls, they are awesome! The service is outstanding as well. I love the free hot green or jasmine tea served with honey. These people treat you like family, my favorite waitress greats me with a big hug everytime! I would go here more often if I lived closer, it’s a favorite lunch place for me and work friends. I would highly recommend it. Thanks for the review!

  • andy says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm   

    The Goyza is a great way to start. Very good bun dishes. Short ribs were great. Saigon noodles not quite as good as the Oasis.

  • Stephanie says:
    March 29th, 2011 at 7:50 pm   

    One of my favorite things about this place (that you left out!) is that you can get a cold beer here with your meal, as well! That is not so common with the Pho places here and often, a nice Asian beer is just the ticket. A major advantage on their part, if you ask me.

  • KC says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:22 pm   

    This is where I go when I have cravings for rice plates. The combination plate has grilled pork, sausage, eggs, and more, and at $6.95 it’s a heck of a value for so much food (not to mention all the varieties of complimentary teas).

    On other visits I’ve tried the spring rolls, pho, stir-fried noodles, and other items, and all were good. I still prefer Pho Lien Hoa for soup, but Pho Thai Nguyen remains a favorite of my family simply because of the quality, variety, and value.

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