When you hear “pho”, you definitely think of Vietnamese food. But at the Asian cafe, Zen Yai in Sunnyside, pho is a fusion of Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. Opening last September one block from the 46th Street Station, Zen Yai is a little neighborhood cafe-style restaurant that offers Vietnamese and Thai cuisines with unique twists.
Their signature dish is Zen Yai Noodle, a pho-style noodle soup made with wide and thick “zen yai” noodles. Thailand-born owner, Bryan Chai came up with the idea of switching Vietnamese thin rice noodles to Thai-style thick noodles. The soup is also a masterpiece made by simmering beef bone, beef shank, beef tendons and oxtail for 12 hours. The flavorful and nutritious clear soup pairs well with the noodles, but there is another bonus. It has plentiful thinly sliced, raw black angus rib eye, which has a sweet taste and a nice blend of fat and red meat. The best way to savor its beautiful umami is to wait a little while until the meat becomes half cooked in the hot soup before digging in. There are many varieties of noodle soups, including the 100% Vegan Pho. If you prefer authentic Vietnamese pho, you can, of course, choose thin rice noodles.
Zen Yai also boasts Thai-style bowl dishes that feature cooked proteins atop jasmine rice. Some of the energy-boosting toppings include Pepper Steak, Crispy Pork Belly & Gai Lan and Basil Chicken, which are cooked in flavorful sauces. Whether you choose a noodle dish, a rice bowl or even just a snack, you’ll be happy about Zen Yai’s boldly flavored and invigorating treats.
Zen Yai Pho is a satisfying rice noodle soup topped with raw rib eye beef slices, braised beef shank, beef balls, tendon and oxtail.
Lots of flavors will fill your mouth when biting into the BBQ Pork & Sweet Asian Sausage Bowl.
Cozy, casual cafe atmosphere surrounds the diner.
45-04 Queens Blvd., (bet. 45th & 46th Sts.), Sunnyside, NY 11104
TEL: 917-832-6588 | www.zenyainoodle.com
Mon-Fri: 11 am-10:30 pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am-10:30 pm