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Old 07-20-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Thanks to another forum person, we ate at Kim Phung this afternoon. The location is just south of 183, on the east side of Lamar, almost right where Lamar splits to the 183 feeder roads.

I likes me some Vietnamese noodle bowl. Bun Pho-something is the name of it. I'd gotten to where I knew what all the dishes were and how to pronounce them, while I was in desperate search for it in the Pac NW, but have since forgotten.

We tried the pork & eggroll, so we'd have a straight up comparison with Pho Van, which is on the other side of 183, 'bout a mile west of Lamar. Kim Phung has beef, too, which Pho Van doesn't, and I talked my wife out of it, which I regret.

While the bowl was large and I liked the noodles, there was a taste lacking. It may have been the rolls, as they had what seemed to be a meat paste in the center. That, and we both came across grizzly parts in the pork. It was also kinda dry, even with two bowls of 'fish sauce' on it.

It just wasn't as good as Pho Van, which is our new noodle bowl joint. Still, for $16, it's difficult to complain.

Spice. It was missing spice. Not hot spicy, either, just spice. Not bland, mind you, but not as spicy as we're accustomed to having.

My wife said it was a noodle bowl with a bit too much Chinese influence. I tend to agree. I'm not saying it was bad, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

I still had 1 1/3 bowls of it. My wife, thankfully, rarely finishes an entire noodle bowl, and like tortilla chips at a Tex-Mex restaurant, I won't stop eating it, even if I'm full, if there is any on the table. I'm old enough to know better, but modern human enough not to listen to my brain....

A tip. If you go to Pho Van, we decided to order an extra sliced eggroll next time, as one wasn't quite enough. We did at Kim Phung, too, but it wasn't a spring-roll-eque roll, it was more meaty. I'm a meat-eatin' kinda guy, but it was out-of-place in this dish, IMHO.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Kim Phung was wonderful when it was the only game in town, but Vietnamese food has exploded here and there are many better options futher north on Lamar.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Well, I'll have to check out Pho Van now!

I've been eating at Kim Phung for a long time, so perhaps it's just what I'm used to (and the style I was introduced to)...

Also glad the atmosphere didn't bother you -- I forgot to mention that it pretty much looks like it hasn't passed a health inspection since 1984. But I guess that's pretty much par for the course with Vietnamese noodle houses, and many other "authentic" Asian places.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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That sound pretty good, and now I want Vietnamese.

Can I recommend Tam's Deli, also on N Lamar? Absolutely delicious, and very homey.

Mrs South Side Chap
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Also glad the atmosphere didn't bother you -- I forgot to mention that it pretty much looks like it hasn't passed a health inspection since 1984.
Bah! I actually thought it was pretty clean and well-kept.

Gives you an idea of what I'd become accustomed to in non-casino eateries while in Vegas for three years, eh?

Actually, when shopping for a proper BBQ joint, if it looks like they have a good-sized grease fire every few years, I'm there! I'm that way with a true burger joint, too. Haven't tried Hut's, as the pizza place next door, Frank & Angies, kinda put me off.
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