If you are looking for the best Vietnamese food in Las Vegas, there is no better place to check out than Pho Kim Long. Located in Spring Mountain, just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, this is a top local joint to get a hearty bowl of Pho Noodle Soup.
As I’ve become a semi-local in Sin City, I’ve had many chances to try stuff that the locals swear by. This, my friends and followers, is as local as it gets.
First off, for those of you not in the know, let’s talk about “what the heck is pho?”
Pho is the typical food of Vietnam, and it’s closest American relative would be chicken noodle soup. Pho is a soup, but it’s served many different ways. The traditional pho so is made daily with white rice flour noodles. Sold in markets, the soup is best known for the high quality, tender noodles. The pho broth is equally as important as the noodles, however.
A proper pho broth goes a long way into making a good pho, a great pho. For example, many herbs and vegetables go into making the broth. In addition to that, there are many spices and aromatics that are added. Recipes vary, but it’s not uncommon to find cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and cardamom. You’ll also see traces of fennel, roasted onions, and ginger. The meat (or chicken or seafood) is cooked separately and is added once the broth is complete.
Depending on where you are dining, you’ll get served an entire tray, bowl, or plate full of vegetables and herbs that you can add to your broth. It also comes with various sauces, like hoisin, and sriracha. Most of the time, you’ll get cilantro, sprouts, and jalapenos as sides.
When my friends and I visit Las Vegas, there is nothing better than a nice warm beef pho noodle soup after a long night of drinking and gambling. It’s one of the best ways to treat a hangover (or prevent one) that I’ve ever found, plus it’s simply delicious.
One of my best friends, Alex, was in Vietnam for work and stumbled into Pho. He ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while he traveled through the country while working in the textile business. His initial suggestion that we try it led us to what is now a staple trip on our annual October trip to Sin City. That first encounter with the iconic Pho Kim Long Restaurant in Las Vegas is what led me to writing today’s review.
Why the Pho Kim Long Menu is Totally my Jam
A Deeper Pho Kim Long Review
Let’s talk about how and why this place became #1 (not only on Yelp, but with locals as well) in Spring Mountain, which is home to some of the best Asian cuisine in the United States.
First off, let it be known that they serve Chinese and Vietnamese dishes 24 hours per day. They also have beer and wine, if you care to indulge.
Here’s a link to the full menu. Pho Kim Long Menu.
I’ve also added a few snap shots of the stuff you will see on the menu. We always order the Rare Steak Noodle soup.
Don’t let the dirty fish tank, the odd atmosphere, or the ranging clientele bother you. Everyone from the Chinese businessman to the Vegas Power Broker, to “in the know” perpetual tourists like myself flock to this place like white on rice. (That’s not an Asian joke, by the way.)
You can’t really say you did Vegas “the right way” until you’ve stepped foot in this amazing restaurant. It’s open 24/7/365, so you can’t make any excuses about it not being convenient. You get huge portions at rock bottom prices. Everyone is friendly, and it’s located in Spring Mountain, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
Like a true underground type of Asian restaurant, there is no website, no advertising, and no nonsense. This place is my place to shake a hangover, start my day, and ready myself for another day of debauchery when in Las Vegas. If you want to impress a blackjack dealer, a cabana host at the pool, or just be able to talk like a local, get your butt over to Pho Kim Long and enjoy the delicious menu they serve 24 hours daily! You’ll find every walk of life here, from power brokers, to high stakes gamblers, to the every day local.
Location of Pho Kim Long
4029 W Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102.
Use Google Maps, Yelp, whatever. Just get your butt in there, and you can thank me later.
If you are looking for Greek Food in Sin City, check out Yassou. It’s another local spot that’s been inserted into my routine.
Tim, you inspire us all to continue to be great. You are a Legend. Keep it going!
Big Al, I do what I can, one bowl of Beef Pho Noodle Soup at a time!