Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen in Naperville is the place to go if you want to enjoy authentic Vietnamese food. The restaurant was the winner of Naperville Magazine’s Best Ethnic Food Category in 2018. Owned by Connie Nguyen and her family, Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen utilizes traditional Vietnamese recipes passed down through the generations.
The Basics of Vietnamese Cuisine
Vietnamese cuisine relies heavily on the use of fish sauce, rice, noodles, thin slices of meat, as well as fresh vegetables. Much like other traditional cuisines, Vietnamese food is versatile in nature. You can top noodle bowls with any number of unique add-ons, such as Asian basil and bean sprouts.
Unlike many other Asian cuisines, however, most of the dishes don’t contain a large number of spices, making it a great option for those with more sensitive palates. Still, various spicy sauces are available if you’re a fan of spicy food.
Start With the Delicious Appetizers
Appetizers are where you’ll generally see the most variety among the different Vietnamese restaurants in the area. So, even if you’re an experienced Vietnamese food connoisseur, take this opportunity to sample the wide range of appetizers Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen has to offer. Be sure to try the grilled pork patty spring rolls, mini rice cakes, skewered grilled shrimp, and house special wings.
Where’s the Pho?
The go-to dish for many fans of Vietnamese food is pho. This popular dish consists of noodles, veggies, and thinly sliced meats in a beef broth. As a main course, it comes in large portions that can fill even the heartiest of appetites. Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen has over 10 different pho dishes to choose from.
For a unique type of Vietnamese soup, Pho Thien Kitchen also offers bun ho hue on the weekends. The broth of this dish is made from pork and beef bones, with the addition of lemongrass, lime, annatto, and shrimp paste.
Fun fact: Though the correct pronunciation of pho in Vietnamese is closer to “fuh,” you’ll commonly hear Americans pronounce it “foe,” providing you a world of possibilities in witty one-liners.
Served on a French baguette, these Vietnamese sandwiches traditionally come with mayo, pickled carrots and daikon radish, cilantro, cucumbers, onions, as well as your choice of meat. Eat one as an appetizer or order a couple for a full meal. Pho Thien Kitchen has five different varieties to choose from, including a tofu option.
If you’re not in the mood for soup, try the rice or rice vermicelli noodle plates. You can’t go wrong with a grilled chicken rice plate or a fried tofu vermicelli platter, for instance. All rice and rice vermicelli plates come with lettuce, cucumber, as well as pickled carrots and daikon.
The Cherry on Top
The specialty drinks at Pho Thien include smoothies, Thai iced tea, and Vietnamese iced coffee. You can add tapioca pearls to each drink for only fifty cents.
That said, you’ll feel at home here. The restaurant has a welcoming and friendly ambiance. Best of all, it’s conveniently located less than 30 minutes from HighPoint Community Apartments.
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