Phuong Nam - Oakland, CA

Rare Beef Salad
Just a quick post on this little gem I stumbled upon in Oakland. As soon as I walked into this restaurant I knew I was going to enjoy this meal. There is a lack of decor or ambiance and in the front of the restaurant are the owners children running around and playing with coins from the register.

The thing I really love about Vietnamese food is how light and fresh all the flavors are. If you've never tried it I highly recommend the salads and pho. The beef salad above is a rare beef salad that is topped with all sorts of fresh veggies and caramelized garlic and onions.

Fresh Sprouts, Basil, Lemon, and Jalepenos for the Pho
These are like fresh condiments to pho. Pho is a rice noodle soup dish that has a very flavorful beef broth and various kinds of meat. I usually like pho dac biet because of the various meat parts that add to the texture of the meal. The broth here was really nice and rich with beef flavor and the veggies were extremely fresh and fragrant.

Pho Dac Biet
I hope you're sold on considering Vietnamese the next time you go out to eat. If you want suggestions on what to order please feel free to ask!

--Joe Kwon