Pho Tom’s authentic Vietnamese dishes are a gem in downtown College Park. Stop in for lunch or order for take-out this week.
What is Pho?
Phở or pho [/fʌ/] is a Vietnamese soup dish comprised of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat (usually beef, sometimes chicken).
Beef pho, the most common preparation, is usually prepared by simmering beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred ginger and onion, and spices. For a more intense flavor, the bones may still have beef on them. The broth takes several hours to prepare.
Seasonings can include cinnamon, star anise, black cardamom, coriander seed, fennel seed, and clove. Spices are often wrapped in cheesecloth or a soaking bag to prevent them from floating all over the pot.
Garnishes include green onions, white onions, Thai basil, fresh Thai chili peppers, lime wedges, bean sprouts, and cilantro. Fish sauce, hoisin sauce, and hot chili sauce may be added to taste.
While its origins within Vietnam are disputed, it’s believed Pho emerged in Vietnam during the early 20th century. The hearty soup is served widely in homes, street stalls, and restaurants across Vietnam.
About: Pho Tom
While Pho Tom has notably good Phở, their menu offers a host of other Thai and Vietnamese dishes, including grilled meats, lemongrass soups, curries, seafood, and noodle dishes. This variety accommodates vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and gluten-free diets – making it an ideal place for a lunch group with varying dietary needs. Pho Tom is conveniently located in downtown College Park, making it an ideal pit stop for your lunch break.
If you follow your lunch with a coffee, order a ‘Vietnamese Coffee’, which is an iced coffee steeped with brown sugar and topped with a thick layer of condensed milk froth.
Their hours are Wednesday – Monday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are closed on Tuesdays. To view their full menu, visit their website. Dine in during regular business hours at 7313 Baltimore Avenue. To place an order for pick-up, call 240-582-7620.