Local resident brings Vietnamese cuisine to Magnolia community at Yummy Pho House

Pho tai ($7.99) features beef broth, rice noodles and sliced, raw rib-eye steak served with a side of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, lime and jalapenos. Chicken broth and vegetarian broth are also available upon request.

Pho tai ($7.99) features beef broth, rice noodles and sliced, raw rib-eye steak served with a side of bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, lime and jalapenos. Chicken broth and vegetarian broth are also available upon request.

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Yummy Pho House
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Pork and eggroll vermicelli ($9)
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Yellow curry ($9.99)
Yummy Pho House owner Thao Huynh has worked in the restaurant industry for 18 years. Huynh said she stayed home for a few years to take care of her two children, but once they got a little older she wanted to go back to work.

“Now that they’re [ages] two and four, I thought, ‘OK, I can do something for myself,’ so we opened up [Yummy Pho House],” Huynh said.

She and her husband, who is the restaurant’s chef, opened the restaurant in June 2018 near the intersection of FM 1488 and FM 2978 in Magnolia.

Huynh said she has owned and operated restaurants serving Vietnamese and Thai cuisine in both Seattle and Austin before coming to Magnolia.

“I looked around the area and saw that they didn’t have Vietnamese or Thai food nearby. We thought it would be a good opportunity for us,” Huynh said.

Yummy Pho House serves pho—a Vietnamese rice noodle soup made with beef broth—as well as rice vermicelli bowls, pad thai, curry dishes, bubble tea—a Taiwanese tea-based drink—and Asian desserts, including mango sticky rice and fried banana in coconut milk.

Huynh said pho is the restaurant’s best-seller and is available with various protein options including rib-eye steak, brisket, chicken breast, shrimp and tofu.

Huynh said everything is made to order with one exception: the beef broth. Beef bones are cooked for at least 16 hours to get the proper broth flavor, she said.

“Pho is a popular dish [right] now, and I thought it would be a good idea to give people in Magnolia good Asian food because it’s mostly Mexican and American food concepts [that are offered] up here,” Huynh said. “We provide something different.”

Since opening the restaurant several months ago, Huynh said she has had good support from the Magnolia community.

“Business took off faster than I thought. People were excited about having something new here,” Huynh said. “Come try something new. We make authentic food with a taste that’s always consistent.”

Yummy Pho House
32823 FM 2978, Ste. A1, Magnolia
281-789-4351
www.yummyphohouse.com
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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