Review + Slideshow: Phuc Loi

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JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
My review of the Vietnamese restaurant Phuc Loi is now available online. Phuc Loi is located at 3723 Gravois Avenue (the intersection of Gravois and Spring). In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg takes you into the kitchen of the small, but mighty, restaurant. More photos after the jump...

Phuc Loi is a family-owned establishment on St. Louis' south side. Located on Gravois across from Truc Lam in a new-looking strip mall, the Nguyen family says their busiest day is Sunday, but Fridays, like this one, are also bustling. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
  • Phuc Loi is a family-owned establishment on St. Louis' south side. Located on Gravois across from Truc Lam in a new-looking strip mall, the Nguyen family says their busiest day is Sunday, but Fridays, like this one, are also bustling. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow.
Lu Nguyen at work in the kitchen. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The beginnings of the Phó Dac Biêt. You begin with special rice noodles, rare sliced beef and meatballs, oxtail and beef tendon. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Add the scallions and onions. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Pour the broth over everything. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG


Chau Van hurries the hot bowl of soup to the counter to finish the garnishes. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Add a chili pepper and spices, as the hot broth cooks the meat. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
And here you have the final dish: The soup, Phó Dac Biêt is served with sprouts, greens, Hoisin and Sriracha sauces. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The Cóm Dac Biêt is comprised of special rice, shredded pork, grilled sliced pork, egg and pork cake, a fried egg and vegetables. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The Cóm Bo Luc Lac is broken rice with sliced beef and vegetables. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG


Thit Kho, or egg and pork soup, is available at the counter buffet. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Also at the counter was a fried tilapia called Ca´ Chiên Phi. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The green beans with pork at the buffet counter are called Dâu Sao Thit Heo. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Ruôt Heo Khía at the buffet counter is pork intestine. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Fish in onion sauce, Ca Kho is also available at the counter. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG


The tofu here is prepared with lemongrass and onions. This dish in Vietnemese is called Tâu Hu Sá Xa ÓT´. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
These cone-shaped treats are rice flour, sugar and have either coconut meat or mung bean fillings wrapped in banana leaves, known as Banh´ It´. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
Toppings, sauces and spices available to diners at Phuc Loi. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
The very simple, yet rather sweet tabletops at Phuc Loi. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG
More treats! On the left is the Sôi Bap´, dried corn coconut meat and salt & sugar. On the right is Ban´h Bao, a round Chinese muffin stuffed with pork, eggs and seaweed. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER
Chau and Lu's son, Jason Nguyen mans the counter while his parents prepare all these delights in the kitchen. See more photos from the kitchen of Phuc Loi in this slideshow. - PHOTO: JENNIFER SILVERBERG

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