A well known craze in Vietnamese places to eat has attained the higher Houston region. Stone pot pho, also recognized as scorching pot pho or incredibly hot stone pot pho, is becoming served at newly opened Ong Jas Viet Kitchen area in Pearland. The restaurant is the most up-to-date endeavor from partner-and-wife group Jas Phan and Thanh Nguyen, the duo guiding Migo Saigon Avenue Food in the Asiatown’s Bellaire Food Road enhancement.
So what is stone pot pho? Primarily, it is a deconstructed dish of pho in which the broth is served effervescent hot in a stone bowl, with the meat, noodle, and vegetable parts offered on the side. The pho can be liked in a fashion identical to sizzling pot, wherein you dip the meats and noodles in the sizzling pot, and try to eat as you go. Proponents of stone pot pho appreciate it mainly because the broth stays very hot, the noodles really don’t get soggy, and the meat toppings — particularly cuts of unusual filet mignon — never get overcooked. But, there are no policies in opposition to placing almost everything in all at after and enjoying it as you would a common bowl much too.
Though the origins of the craze are fuzzy — proof of people today consuming this model of pho as early as 2018 can be observed on YouTube — it can be speculated that stone pot pho originated in Hanoi right before it commenced spreading between the Vietnamese diaspora. Now, it is viewed in locations with cooler climates like Canada, West Coastline cities like San Jose and Los Angeles, and midwestern towns like Chicago, where stone pot pho is all the hype for the duration of frigid winters.
“Most Vietnamese dining places have the exact menu of pho and rice,” states Phan. “I essential just one specific point in my cafe to keep men and women coming. If they hear about warm stone pho, I assume it is not information in California, but it’s information in Houston, or even Texas.”
Listed on the menu as “OJ’s Pho Warm Stone,” a bowl is $14.50, and comes with 4 normal toppings: filet mignon, brisket, beef meatballs, and tendon. The toppings are customizable with extra meat decisions like fatty brisket and flank. The design of the broth is Northern Vietnamese, “because that’s exactly where pho originated” in accordance to Phan. The pure beef bone broth is simmered for 12 several hours, seasoned with Phan’s have proprietary blend of spices, and does not incorporate any MSG.
“I assume if individuals listen to about sizzling stone pho, they’ll be like, ‘What’s that?’ They are heading to be curious they are likely to want to come verify it out,” he suggests. A TikTok online video showcasing Phan’s stone pot pho that went viral with additional than 400,000 views is evidence of that.
At Ong Jas Viet Kitchen area, Phan also delivers conventional pho, rooster pho, shrimp pho, and vegetarian pho. The relaxation of the menu is standard Vietnamese fare, with a contemporary aptitude. Assume appetizers, rice and vermicelli dishes, specialty beverages like panda milk tea, and a couple of chef signature dishes, like the supporter preferred garlic noodles with shaking beef, and fried tomato rice with a preference of shaken beef, grilled shrimp, or crispy-skinned hen. Soon, he programs to roll out a sizzling warm plate sequence, serving bo ne (Vietnamese steak and eggs) and pork xiu mai meatballs on scorching platters.
Phan, who usually experienced an artistic aptitude and briefly researched style and design at the Artwork Institute of Houston, created the cafe himself. Ong Jas Viet Kitchen is stylish, when nevertheless remaining informal and household-welcoming. The open and airy room boasts picnic-style tables and is adorned with two wall murals and a substantial Buddhist altar for great luck. Five significant hanging fish sculptures characterize each member of his nuclear relatives. The sculptures, together with personalized stone tableware, were being imported from Vietnam.
Phan and Nguyen moved to Pearland past 12 months, and are optimistic about achievements. They are hoping that Ong Jas Viet Kitchen’s suburban handle will not deter people. With the freshly built HOV lane connecting the Healthcare Heart and Pearland, a piping warm bowl of stone pot pho can be experienced in a brief 15-minute generate from central Houston.