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2011 - Volume 2 Issue 1
¡Comidas Sabrosas!
Cuisines of Vietnam
Article: Joe Burgess
Photos: Courtesy of Pho Tre Bien
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It's an experience in healthy eating. A light Vietnamese lunch served in an oriental garden with a glass of honeydew bubble tea complete with a layer of boba (tapioca balls) – throw in a couple of rounds on the karaoke microphone and you are ready to return to work or shopping with a brighter outlook. Stop by in the evening, for a heartier, but still healthy fare served with wine or perhaps a Vietnamese beer. On Saturday, add a touch of class with live piano music in the main dining area.


Pho Tre Bien
6946 Gateway East
El Paso, TX

Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm
“I take care of people,” states energetic co-owner Le Trien, “and our customers like that. We provide good service, fresh, healthy food and a setting that reflects a Vietnamese vacation spot.”

Originally from Da Lat, a picturesque area between Saigon and Hue, Le moved to El Paso with her husband who was teaching American soldiers to speak Vietnamese. There was no Vietnamese restaurants in El Paso and her relatives, who own a restaurant in Irvine, California, urged her to start one. Le loves to cook and to relate to people, so it was a good fit.

She started the restaurant eight years ago on Viscount and moved to Gateway East about four years ago. Le’s husband, John, and her partner, Pho Pham, built the restaurant, creating a lush Vietnamese setting in this desert locale.

Favorites include Clay Pot Fish, Crispy Fried Noodle and Spicy Beef Soup, a central Vietnamese dish, and a Beef and Shrimp Hot Plate that can be shared with friends and family. She has a wide selection of wine and beer, including Hue Beer from Vietnam.

Desserts include a multi-color treat and Fried Lumpia Banana with cinnamon powder and vanilla ice cream.

Drinks include bubble tea, and lychee & jackfruit, with a layer of boba.

Entry to the restaurant is through a greenhouse oriental garden with a large coy pond. The area has dining tables and a small karaoke stage for those so inclined. On the inside is a larger stage and piano, with live piano music on Saturday evenings. The space is good for large and small gatherings or just a fun night out for you and your spouse. ///
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