Monday, September 3, 2007
Pho Pasteur (Rosemead)
We met a friend of J's over at Pho Pasteur over on Valley Blvd in Rosemead one day upon her friend's recommendation.
Being safe about gluten really means not ordering something that might be prepared in a pan, wok, saucepan, etc that may have or had traces of gluten. You can tell the waiter not to add soy sauce (here for example or any other Asian restaurant) and they very well might not add any in your order. BUT...always remember that in a place like this with very high turnover and orders being fired off faster than a semi-automatic machine gun, the cooks in the kitchen aren't going to be washing the utensils or wok between orders.
Playing it safe and knowledge from ordering a similar dish before, J ordered a Banh Pho noodle(plain rice noodle) with grilled Shrimp, carrots, sprouts, scallions and peanuts. It is of course accompanied with the usual side dish of fresh Bean sprouts and Basil that isn't pictured here.
Unfortunately, this picture has distortion issues from the steam of the shrimp.
J ordered the fresh, young coconut juice as well. You can find young coconut at most Chinese/Vietnamese markets around LA for about a dollar each instead of paying $2-3 for one at a place like Whole Foods.
There are plenty of other gluten-free options at Pho restaurants, J just opted for the Shrimp this time. If you decide on getting a seafood-type noodle soup, just remember that the fish cakes that are in there probably contain some gluten from soy sauce in the cooking process, so it's best to avoid fish cakes and probable gastrointestinal distress.
Pho Pasteur(notice the French influence there?) was pretty good, although I still have to say that Pho 79 is king for now since I've eaten there more. The service is frantic once you step in and waiters will keep and eye out and keep on coming back to see if you're ready to order. You have to remember that Pho's roots are that it is street food. The service is fast-paced and the atmosphere reflects its nature.
The flavor profiles are really good and if you're a bit curious, go try it.
8821 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770