Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Pho Vina is both take out or dine in and they had all our favorite. We spent a long time looking at the menu and deciding what to order. We had Spring Rolls for appetizers, which were different that most Spring Rolls, (Vietnamese style) that we has had before. We really like the variety in this. The ones we have had elsewhere have had mostly lettuce and some shrimp. These had little lettuce and not only shrimp but other meat as well and two different kind of noodles. They were very good.
The food here was very good and they had all the Asian favorites, including many squid dishes and things made with duck. While I did not personally opt for squid or duck, this is one place we would definitely love to go to again. The highlight of our evening however was something they called Bubble Tea. You can see this pictured in the middle of our table in the cup with the red straw.
When you order Bubble Tea, you can order it with "Jelly" or "Tapioca." We ordered ours with tapioca, which is the the round things you can see in the bottom of the cup. This drink is pretty WILD.
What is Bubble Tea?
When I first say it on the menu, I imagined it to be something like an Italian soda,, you know, ice, carbonated water and some fruit flavored syrup or something like that, but it was nothing of the sort. I probably lead a beveragely sheltered life, but next to a carbonated soft drink sold a few years back here in Spokane called Orbitz, this is the most unusual beverage I have ever had.
As mentioned, you can order your Bubble tea with jelly or tapioca, and the tapioca "bubbles" I think, are what give this name to this crazy wild drink. It is nothing like I have ever had before.
I asked our server about jelly in the drink verses the tapioca. She told me they are square pieces of jelly instead of round tapioca As I drank the stuff I couldn't help wonder, "What is tapioca anyhow?" And having seen only the small ones used in tapioca pudding I cannot help but wonder how these tapioca got so big.
I think that the new fun crazy wild thing to do in Spokane could very well be to go out with a friend and drink some Bubble Tea. It really is not a drink, so much as it is an experience.
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