Dorchester’s own Pho Le will be one of the featured restaurants at this year’s 6th annual A Taste of Ethnic Boston, an event that showcases Boston’s diverse culinary traditions. The celebration, which will take place on Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Ned Devine’s Faneuil Hall location, was created “to highlight the hidden gems of neighborhood restaurants and chefs who often do not receive the coverage in magazines and on TV that they deserve, but whose cuisines are as exquisite as their counterparts in Boston’s more popular neighborhoods.”
The event is sponsored by Get Konnected!, a bi-monthly networking event founded by Colette Phillips. In a press release, Phillips spoke to Boston’s emerging status as a robust culinary center.
“Just like Boston is an innovator in technology and Life Sciences, with its population 54 percent culturally and ethnically diverse, it has now become a culinary innovation center,” she said.
Pho Le co-owner Tran Le told the Reporter that the restaurant is delighted to share a sampling of Vietnamese cuisines with A Taste of Ethnic Boston patrons.
“There are many great restaurants that participate every year and we feel very honored and excited about being selected as the featured restaurant for the Taste of Ethnic Boston event this year,” said Le.
“For this year's event, we plan on serving our Vegetarian Crispy Spring Rolls & our Garlic Noodles with Shrimp. Our Garlic Noodles with Shrimp is a twist from our Yellow Noodle Stir Fry dish. We served it last year and it was a huge hit. Also, we always like to include a vegetarian dish to try to accommodate for everyone.”
While the Dorchester Avenue establishment is perhaps best known for its pho, a traditional soup dish often based in a beef broth, Pho Le also serves a number of specialty dishes not commonly available at other Vietnamese restaurants, including a whole oven-roasted catfish that takes 45 minutes to prepare.
Pho Le’s Dorchester restaurant opened in 2011, but Le’s family has been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years, operating two Le’s Restaurants in Allston and Cambridge. According to Le, they plan to open a new Chinatown location called “Eat Pho” in the near future.
“Food is a great bonding experience and we are very fortunate to be able to share the love of our food and culture with so many people,” said Le.
Tickets for A Taste of Ethnic Boston cost $30 and are available for purchase online at getkonnected.com. A portion of ticket sales will go towards Commonwealth Kitchen, a nonprofit food business incubator that helps aspiring women and entrepreneurs of color to break into the food industry.