Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 16 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 9-19, 2020.
Next to be profiled: we sat down with Linda Hoang, the daughter of the owners of King Noodle House Pho Hoang, 10613 97 Street.
What’s the origin of the restaurant?
This is a family run restaurant, originating with our family in Vietnam. “King Noodle House” was added in the name for an easier Canadian takeaway. Plus Dad / Owner ‘Moustache Man’ likes to think of himself as a King, and also that our pho is the “King” of all phos (lol).
How long has the restaurant been open?
It’s been open for 23 years; 14 years at the current location.
What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?
We specialize in Vietnamese noodle soup (pho) but offer some vermicelli dishes as well. But the speciality is our pho. With pho, it’s all about the broth, and our broth recipe stands out from most pho broths you’ll try.
What makes your restaurant special?
King Noodle House is one of the oldest running Vietnamese restaurants in Edmonton! We are known for serving the best pho in town (and beyond—we have people who say they need to stop for our pho when they come in from out of town, and people who tell us pho they’ve tried in Vietnam doesn’t compare to ours!). We are so grateful for our customers and this recognition, and are proud of the pho we serve. Our pho broth recipe has been passed down 3 generations. Customers also like to be served by the “Moustache Man” (his grumpiness is charming for most).
Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?
Chinatown is a great hub for delicious and affordable food. There are a lot of great restaurants where you can experience authentic, quality Southeast Asian cuisine. A majority of the restaurants in the neighbourhood are family owned and operated, which is always worth supporting. It’s so close to downtown and yet often can be overlooked by Edmontonians thinking of where or what they should eat. It’s truly a gem for local shops and tasty cuisine.
As your restaurant participated in Chinatown Dining Week over the past two years, can you tell us about that experience?
We were thrilled to participate in Chinatown Dining Week! We definitely get most of our customers coming through at lunch and during the day, so this was an opportunity to bring in more customers in the evening, and also introduce our food to Edmontonians who may not have tried our dishes before. This year we’re throwing a drink into the combo mix.
Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown?
We hope Edmonton’s Chinatown becomes as vibrant and well-visited as some of the other popular streets in the city.
King Noodle House Pho Hoang will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:
Appetizer: Spring Roll and Pork Ball Platter
Main: choice of Large Pho
Drink: choice of Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Lemonade
Check out other special menus, here.