A Taste of Asia is a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant on Hastings in North Burnaby. They serve pho, banh mi, and some rice and noodle dishes, all at low prices (even for Vietnamese food).
Continuing with our routine of visiting Burnaby restaurants before class, my friend Melissa and I came here for dinner. The restaurant was a bit dingy and outdated, but what can you expect for a cheap pho place?
I ordered a small rare beef pho ($5) that came with all of the usual accompaniments. For a small size, it still had plenty of noodles and beef in it.
I was impressed with the broth, it was actually some of the best I’ve tasted. It had a great depth of flavour. The sliced rare beef was also tender and tasty. This was a great bowl of pho, especially for the price.
I also got a bbq pork banh mi ($3.75). While the pho was a knockout, the banh mi wasn’t as good. The bbq pork was tasty, but the fillings were sparse and the sandwich was a tad dry. For the price I was fine with it, but it was a mediocre sandwich.
A Taste of Asia is a good place to go if you want to get full for dirt cheap. Their pho was great and I would come back for it again. I would skip the banh mi next time as you can find better ones elsewhere.
Yes, for flavourful pho.