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What I Ate: September 25, 2009 (Pho Thaison, Tapioca House)

Posted 25 September, 2009 at 10:27pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: Coming back from doing a walkthrough of our new home, we stopped at Pho Thaison (9500 S I H 35 # L800, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 280-2060‎) because Tina felt like Vietnamese vermicelli noodles. I wasn't in the mood for that so, I ordered the combination fried rice - which I found to be inedible due to a taste in the rice. I don't know how to describe it except that I could taste the water used to cook the rice. It wasn't too much water since the rice wasn't water logged or soggy, but it had a taste that I've had at other subpar Chinese restaurants. (I'm going to have to do a test one day cooking rice with purified water like I normally do and with hard water from the tap. I'm guessing it's the minerals in the hard water that gives the rice the bad taste - but I can't know for sure until I do this test.) After a few bites, then a few more after pouring soy sauce on it, then a few more after mixing sriracha sauce into it, I gave up.
Pho Thaison - Combination Fried Rice

I walked across the parking lot to Chick-Fil-A where I had a Chick-Fil-A Deluxe Chicken Sandwich and cole slaw.
Chick-Fil-A - Deluxe Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw

Dinner: We stopped in at Tapioca House (1906 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 482-9880) near UT campus and I ordered crispy pork chop over rice and then realized I had left my SD card at home. I had to take the picture with my camera phone. The pork chop was tasty as were the mung bean sprouts and the soy sauce boiled egg.
Tapioca House - Crispy Pork Chop over Rice

2 comments to What I Ate: September 25, 2009 (Pho Thaison, Tapioca House)

Long Le, October 2nd, 2009 at 11:18 am:

  • Dear Michael,
    Do your friend and you think Pho Thaison is an Thai restaurant?

    I don't know who is its boss from (I don't live in US) but Pho is a food from Vietnam, and Thai Son is an Vietnamese name.
    Pho is our national speciality, so I hope you can share this with your friend. I hope someday you will visit our country and enjoy real Vietnamese/Saigon Pho :)

Michael Chu, October 2nd, 2009 at 11:23 am:

  • Sorry! That was a typo - I type these up late at night and my brain was not fully operating. Pho and Pho Thaison is clearly Vietnamese! Thai cuisine tastes completely different. I've changed the typo.