When I heard that there was a Houston food truck that was serving Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches I was naturally excited… when I found out that same food truck also served cups of Pho to go, I was ecstatic! And when I found the Phamily Bites food truck parked outside the Washington Ave hot spot, Liberty Station, it was as if all of my beef-broth, noodle dreams — don’t judge me, I LOVE Pho — had come true!
Walking up to the bright yellow truck — the Phamily Bites guys call her Sasha — the familiar aromas of your favorite Vietnamese restaurant begin to fill the air and usher you in towards the menu. Highlights of the menu include made-fresh-daily, Vietnamese pork egg rolls, four varieties of banh mi sandwiches — each with their own phamily bites twist — and of course, delicious Pho with your choice of brisket, eye of round slices or meatballs.
After a quick survey of the menu, I knew I had to taste the limited-time special, The Shammy, a chinese sausage and fried egg stuffed banh mi sandwich. So for my first visit with Sasha, I decided to pair a cup of Pho — dac biet style, a combination of all the meats — with the Phamily Bites special of the day and a cold bottle of lychee juice. *drool*
The idea of a banh mi sandwich stuffed with chinese sausage and fried egg admittedly brought back fond childhood memories — I mean for the first 13 years of my life that WAS breakfast in the morning! In that nostalgic sense, The Shammy’s sweet chinese sausage and savory soy-sauce-doused, fried egg flavor combination was definitely on point. I did however find myself wishing there was more of the sausage but that may just be my hyper-carnivorous ways.
The Pho comes piping hot, and attempting to eat it outdoors in the humidity of a sweltering Houston night made the tasty broth seem that much hotter. But oh did it burn so good. With fresh noodles, a well-developed broth –which really is the key to any good bowl, er… cup of Pho — and quality cuts of beef, this cup of Pho is no novelty, it’s good stuff!
When old man winter makes his way down to Houston, I can’t wait to warm up with a cup of Pho. So if you’ve got a hankering for some late night Vietnamese food — there aren’t many places outside of Southwest Houston — visit Sasha and the Phamily Bites guys. Don’t pho-cup, get yourself a Pho cup. Ha!
Find out where the Phamily Bites truck will be today and what new specials they are featuring by following them on Twitter @phamilybites