Updated 4/12/2008 – Sad news – Stumptown Vegans have been informed that the hot pot always has fish sauce and cannot be made vegan – beware! We’ve asked in the past and been reassured, so never stop asking!
Date: August 24, 2007
Times Visited: 3
Oh man, Pho Jasmine, you’ve got me hooked. Two convincing recommendations from friends have recently brought me to check out this spot across from my evening class. It’s quickly become just the meal I need and can squeeze in right after work before class at PCC Cascade. I think the restaurant itself is adorable, and the waitress I’ve had at every meal is incredibly helpful with vegan information. I’ve been told the food isn’t quite authentic, but as I’ve never had authentic Vietnamese food to my knowledge, I’m content.
My wait for food on has always been less than 10-15 minutes, and the environment is quite relaxing. I’ve propped a book open both times and felt quite as ease. So far I’ve tried the cashew tofu, the tofu and vegetables over vermicelli with peanut sauc and the tofu and braised gluten hot pot.
Most of the tofu at Pho Jasmine is fried and then cut into long strips – so you get that tender inside and some firmness on the edges. I’ve had no problems ordering vegan here, and they understand what it means – no taste of fish or oyster sauce, no bits of chicken, just tofu as my protein source, savory sauce with garlic and fresh vegetables (I subbed broccoli for onions) in the cashew tofu. I ordered the dish as is, “mild” and added a few quirts of Srichi hot sauce to my entrée with its included side of well cooked white rice. The vermicelli dish is not something I’d typically ordered but I decided to give it a try as per the waitress’s recommendation and statement about the peanut sauce being not only vegetarian, but vegan. The cold, uncooked vermicelli noodles came in a large bowl, topped with lightly sautéed tofu and vegetables, along with cool cucumber and peanuts. The peanut sauce was served in a small bowl on the side, so I could add as I liked. The hot pot is the dish I had the most raves about, and I have to admit I found it overwhelmingly spicy and a bit of a ginger overload for me. However, the tofu and gluten itself were delectable, and the presentation in the pot itself was charming.
Vegetarian dishes range in price from $7-9, and have provided me with enough leftovers to justify a takeout box for a second small meal. I’m glad I’ve had the chance to so conveniently check this place out. If I lived nearby, I would definitely indulge in take out.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Address: 714 N Killingsworth Portland, OR 97217-2336