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Phő Kim Long

1121 N.W. 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 528-2988

Phő Kim Long is one of many Vietnamese restaurants in Oklahoma City's Asian District, the area generally considered to be the best for finding authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I know of some very good Vietnamese restaurants in other areas of the city, but there is no question that the Asian District offers the greatest variety of authentic dishes, along with the greatest choice of restaurants in a compact area.

Phő Kim Long is different from many Vietnamese places, though, in that it is a small restaurant located in the same building as a larger Chinese buffet restaurant. I have seen conflicting information about the name of the place, but according to the restaurant's web site the official name is "Hy Palace," and within the Hy Palace building are two restaurants: Pho Kim Long (the Vietnamese restaurant) and The Asian Restaurant (the Chinese buffet). The Chinese buffet is generally called Hy Palace, and I think the same phone number is good for both.

Hy Palace is located on N.W. 23rd Street just east of Classen Boulevard, and is pretty easy to see. In fact, I passed by Hy Palace many times without noticing that Pho Kim Long was there (and I was not interested in stopping for a Chinese buffet).

My first experience with Phő Kim Long was with a take-out order which another person picked up and which I ate at a different location. Because of this my description of the restaurant is based on what I can find on the Internet (although I am familiar with the building and the neighborhood). What I can say, though, is that this was some of the most delicious Vietnamese soup I have ever had. In fact, I think this may be the best I have had in OKC so far.

Beef noodle soup from Pho Kim Long
Beef noodle soup from Pho Kim Long

I was trying to figure out what this soup was called since I did not order it, but a person from Vietnam told me that any beef noodle soup is called "pho." This looked a little different from the typical pho, but the differences may have been what made this such an outstanding soup.

The only menu I could find for the restaurant was on the Yelp web site (click on the "Explore the Menu" link). It is called Bo Kho, or "beef stew noodle soup." I am simply calling it Beef Noodle Soup, although I think the name "Bo Kho" is correct.

Some condiments were included, including lime, jalapeno peppers, and a small package of hoisin sauce mixed with chile. These are similar to what I normally get with pho, except that it was missing the usual Thai basil leaves. The soup had a very prominent star anise flavor, though, and along with the other spices they put in it had a very good taste on its own without really needing the basil leaves. I did find the lime and the mixture of hoisin sauce and chile to be a help, though, making an excellent dish even better. It also did not have as much broth as a normal pho, but I thought it had more than enough to give it a good flavor. Like the missing basil leaves, I do not know if the lesser amount of broth was something the restaurant did or whether it happened in transit. My meal was part of a take-out lunch and was not done for the purpose of writing a review about it, but I felt that it was so good I had to write about it.

Not only was I impressed by the flavors in this soup (I think it had more star anise than most versions), but the meat was quite good as well. I am definitely willing to place it among my favorites in the city (which right now are Pho Cuong just up the street on Classen and Pho Hieu in Yukon). It is probably premature to say which of these three is best, but to my taste Pho Kim Long was my favorite.

From Pho Kim Long's menu it looks as if they only have a few entrees other than soup, but from what I experienced I would expect a high quality in anything served.



Cuisine: Vietnamese
Hours: Open Daily
Smoking: No Smoking
Buffet: Available at Hy Palace in the same building

Most Recent Visit
Jul. 25, 2013

Number of Visits: 1

Best Item
Beef Noodle Soup

Special Ratings
Beef Noodle Soup:

Restaurant Web Site
Hy Palace