We needed a quick lunch earlier this week while we were working hard at our business and getting our condo ready to put on the market. We didn’t have time to enjoy a leisurely afternoon dine-in meal, so we opted for some quick Vietnamese food take-out.
Vietnamese food in Kits is slim-pickings as the cuisine is very limited west of Burrard Street. However, if you venture further east, a decent pho and bánh mì shop that’s still on the Westside of Vancouver is Kim Express on King Edward Avenue, near Oak Street. Located in a strip mall, the restaurant used to be called Pho Gizmo. Perhaps it has new owners? Menu items, prices and decor looked relatively similar, and as far as we could tell, the only thing that has changed about Pho Gizmo is its name.
Special Bánh Mì ($3.50) – Delicious Vietnamese sandwich on a French style baguette. The bread was light and airy and had a thin, crunchy crust. I prefer bánh mì buns to be on the softer side, just like the authentic ones we had from street food carts in Nha Trang, Vietnam. But if you like your baguettes extra crunchy, then you’ll love Kim Express’ bánh mì. The sub was topped with plenty of ingredients including ham, spreadable pork liver pâté and accompanying vegetables included fresh cucumber slices, sliced onion, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon. A tasty and satisfying Viet-bun!
Steak Pho ($7.90) – Beef rice noodle soup with rare beef slices and topped with fresh bean sprouts Thai basil, lime wedge, sliced onions, cilantro, and green onions. The broth was nice and rich, but not overly salty. Since we ordered take-out, the soup wasn’t hot enough to cook the beef once we got home. So next time, we’ll order cooked steak. Pictured below is the Special Pho ($7.90) – It was identical to the steak pho except in additional to the thin slices of rare steak, this one also contained beef flank, beef balls and the love-em-or-hate-em meat products such as chewy beef tripe.
Overall, well-sized portions and reasonable prices make Kim Express Vietnamese Cuisine a decent bet when you’re in the mood for some tasty pho or bánh mì on the Westside of Vancouver. It’s not the best, but it’s not terrible either.