Pho-Ha, Pomona

So I’m six weeks into being back at school, which means I’m officially bored of all the restaurants in the village (except Dr. Grubbs, of course) and want/need to find some new places. Pho-Ha was exactly what I was looking for- cheap, quick and delicious. The place was pretty busy when we arrived on a Friday night, but we were seated immediately. I started off with a thai iced tea, which was delicious and not overly sweet, as many often are. All three of us opted for vermicelli- my one complaint about Pho-Ha is that they don’t offer a vegetarian pho option. We started with two versions of veggie spring rolls- the traditional one contained lettuce, tofu, vermicelli and carrots, while the summer version was stuffed with jicama, wood ear mushrooms and tofu. Both rolls were really fresh and the flavours were mild and delicious. Our vermicelli came out before the rolls, but whatever. The vermicelli was really tasty- it comes with lots of herbs, bean sprouts and spring onions. We added plenty of sriracha and hoisin for flavour, although the broth they gave us to pour over the noodles had plenty of flavour on its own. The egg rolls that came with my friend’s shrimp and egg roll vermicelli were crispy and not too greasy, and the tofu in my vermicelli was amazing! Really crispy, and it absorbed the broth flavours wonderfully…the best tofu I’ve had in a long time. Pho-Ha is a great, nondescript strip mall joint with amazing flavours, prompt service and cheap eats- next time I need a break from the dining halls, I’ll know where to go!

– priya

Thai Iced Tea

Summer Veggie Spring Rolls and Tofu Veggie Spring Rolls

Vegetarian Vermicelli with Tofu

Vermicelli and additions- Hoisin, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce etc

Shrimp and Egg Roll Vermicelli

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