Pho Real Club

Asian food club in the city of brotherly love

Lights too bright…Dim Sum February 21, 2010

Filed under: Chinese,Dim Sum — phorealclub @ 5:30 am

What’s scarier than a dim sum restaurant on a Sunday at 11 a.m.?  A dim sum restaurant on a Sunday at 11 a.m. during Chinese New Year.  That’s right, 10 members of Pho’ Real braved the crowds to celebrate the year of the tiger (and cure their hangovers) in style at Ocean Harbor.  Check out our photos and faves below.

Bok Choy

The obligatory chicken feet

With so many carts rolling around, what were the standouts?  Well, G.L. loved the shrimp cakes, as did almost everyone else in the group.  S. T. favored the salted prawns, while L. S. proclaimed that chicken feet “are actually pretty good.”

Shrimp Cakes

Custard Ball

J.S. Designs liked the custard balls so much, she bought some at the Asian mart nearby to hold her over until our next extravaganza.  As for me, Lawngirl, I adored the clear shrimp dumplings and bok choy.

The check? or a Kandinsky? You decide.

Ocean Harbor, 1023 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Qie Zi February 14, 2010

Filed under: BYOB,Chinese — phorealclub @ 7:52 pm

One reason that I started Pho’ Real. 

Due to the frigid weather, myself, M & N nipped around the corner last night for some local fare at Green Garden.  By the by, they make a fierce kung pao tofu – it’s not on the menu but kung pao chicken is, so the switch is NBD. Tip: I always substitute water chestnuts for carrots (mmmm…water chestnuts).

ANYWAY, I had to laugh when I opened my fortune cookie.  Sitting atop my lucky numbers was a little message: “Learn Chinese- Eggplant  (qie zi).”  My obsession with Chinese eggplant was one of the impetuses for starting Pho’ Real.  Coincidence ?  Or a sign from Confucius?  You decide.


Green Garden
237 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 351-1114


I’ve bahn mi-ning to tell you… February 4, 2010

Filed under: Bahn Mi,Vietnamese — phorealclub @ 8:02 pm

…that Q.T. Vietnamese Sandwich is *officially* delicious. At the insistance of A.P., I stopped by this petite hole on in the wall during lunch, and picked up a #9 – Lemongrass Tofu Bahn Mi.

(lemongrass tofu not pictured)

I don’t say this lightly…O.M. effing G. Crunchy veggies & the perfect amount of sauce sitting atop the most substantial tofu I’ve ever tasted in a sandwich. I would challenge ANY meat eater to sample this and tell me it’s not filling.

Maybe this summer we can pick up food here and then walk over to Washington Square Park for a picnic. In the meantime, mosey on over to Q.T. ASAP! (and shoot me a message when you do! It’s only one block from my office…and on that note, what am I going to do when I stop working in Chinatown???)

Q.T. Vietnamese Sandwich
48 N 10th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 639-4520