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Co Anh Pho | Puerto Princesa, Palawan

By on November 2, 2010

co anh pho - facade

The chaolangan in Puerto Princesa could be one of the most enduring legacy of the Vietnamese refugees. They are the ‘boat people’ who once sought and then found a temporary (which became permanent later on) home in Palawan. Most of them however, have either resettled in the US or went back to their home country. But there are also a few of them who chose to remain at the Viet Ville in Santa Lourdes which is located in the outskirts of the city.

If you could not make a short stopover there, then you might want to try one of these many Vietnamese restaurants in the city. Ivan Henares featured Rene’s Saigon Restaurant and Bona’s Chaolong House. I tried out Co Anh Pho, an establishment that specializes in FilViet cuisine. This was recommended by way of a casual conversation with a new contact in PPS.

It is located a block away from a major intersection along Rizal Avenue. At first glance, it would easily pass off as just another eatery down the road. But I learned that this humble restaurant has a steady following in Puerto Princesa. In this case, looks can always be deceiving.

co anh pho - orders

I got a merienda serving of Beef with Noodles for the chaolong and French Bread with Pork Barbecue for the banh mi. The meat was not tender enough for my liking. But I liked how the mint leaves added a kick to the spiciness of the soup. The Vietnamese sandwich, on the other hand, tasted better than an overpriced fastfood burger. Unfortunately, I forgot the prices of the dishes, but I remember paying just a little over than Php100.00 for my first foray into Vietnamese food.

Co anh Pho
Carandang St., Cor. Lacao
Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

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Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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