Pho is the Star at Hmong Cafe

By on February 15, 2012

Valentines Day is over. Chances are you purchased some flowers and chocolates, took your sweetie out to a luxurious meal, and possibly bought some bling as well. Chances are your pockets are lighter too. What to eat and where to go next? How about a change-up for some great Vietnamese food at Hmong Cafe? And, I’ll boast my opinion, quite possibly the best pho I’ve had in the surrounding area.

Stashed away is small little place in a strip on the northwest side of 31st and Garnett. Its next to a gym and behind a Rib Crib. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to most peoples minds simply because of location. I say nonsense. Walking in, a nice low murmur of people talking and eating their lunch happily and the smell of spices in the air. I’m used to this smell as I’ve been coming here for a few years now and still I salivate every time. My hunger immediately skyrockets.

First order of business. Boba tea! Also known as bubble tea. A variety of fruity flavors like watermelon, strawberry, pineapple, etc. And you can get it in slushy, hot, or cold form. What makes boba unique is the tapioca pearls in the bottom of the glass. Accompanied with a wide enough straw for your drink and the pearls, its a fruity and texturally different experience. I suggest slushy. Makes a great companion for spicy food.

Filled with shrimp, rice noodles, veggies, etc and wrapped in rice paper, these spring rolls were about as fresh as I’ve ever had them. And the sauce was quite nice as well. Priced at just $3.

The star of the show was the pho. For those that don’t know, pho is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice noodles and beef with a very rich, beefy broth consisting of allspice, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. The great thing about pho is making the dish to your taste, which they always provide a plate of bean sprouts, limes, cilantro, basil, peppers, and mint. The noodles go in the bowl, the thin delicate strips of raw beef on top, and the hot broth. The broth is so hot, in fact, it cooks the beef from the kitchen to the table. Add in the extras that you want. Add sriracha and hoisin sauce if you like too. Spicy heaven in a bowl.

They also offer seafood and chicken variations of pho as well. A medium bowl, which is HUGE to most, is reasonably priced at just 7$.


Hmong Cafe

11197 East 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146

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Jeremiah Rameywww.aleskitchen.com

I’m a home cook with a little professional dabbling experience. A lover of craft beer! And if you don’t know about craft beer, then you will. Effervescent, vivacious, flavorful, and extremely wonderful. Happiness in a bottle….or can. Craft beer is an amazingly diverse and complex drink. Around one hundred different styles of beer in the world and thousands of breweries. A booming industry right now in America! And still, craft beer is deserving of MUCH greater culinary respect than it has been receiving.

I believe there is a beer for everyone and a beer for every delectable dish out there. I believe it stands up to wine just as well and even better in the culinary world. Cooking, pairing, drinking, and education. I hope to bring some useful knowledge into the foodie world concerning great beer with great food. Not everything is about beer, but it sure does make it better. Cheers!

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8 Comments

  1. Brian Schwartz

    February 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Welcome Jeremiah! Great review of Hmong Cafe, so many people have asked why it isn’t reviewed on tulsafood.com. I once started to write a review, and it started like this: “Sometime in the late 1970s, a young man ran along the jungle trails of Laos, an assault rifle in one hand and a baby in the other, fleeing from the Pathet Lao. He crossed the Mekong by swinging on a vine and ended up in Thailand. A few years later, reunited with his wife, he was in Tulsa. Now the family runs Hmong Cafe.”

    The one truly authentic Hmong dish they have isn’t on the menu but on request they’ll give you some free. It’s called Kua Txob and it’s a homemade hot sauce very popular among Hmong. It’s delicious but it is fiery hot!

    Another good place for pho is nearby Pho Da Cao.

    http://tulsafood.com/asian/pho-da-cao-vietnamese-chinese-restaurant

    • John Goodenow

      February 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Had pho at Hmong Cafe 2 weeks ago and ate pho at Pho Da Cao at lunch today. Both places are excellent!!! Great ambience, very attentive and helpful staff for 1st timers, excellent pho and all at a very good price! Couldn’t have been happier.

  2. wesalexander

    February 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Great job Jeremiah! I love pho. Its welcoming and warming and a particularly good hangover cure. Cheers!

  3. Tulsa Gentleman

    February 16, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Over the years I have decided that Viet Houng has the best Pho in Tulsa but I haven’t tried the Hmong Cafe. I will remedy that very soon.

  4. BrewBurger

    February 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    We love to eat at Viet Huong, super nice food and family!

  5. M. Osburn

    February 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Are they open on Sundays?

  6. Jeremiah

    February 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    M. Osburn, no they are open Tuesday through Saturday.

  7. M. Osburn

    February 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

    thanks!

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