You know what's good for a cold? Chicken soup. You know what's really good for a cold? Pho. Some of you may know what Pho (pronounced “Fuh”) is, and for those that don't go google that shit. I had been fighting a cold from hell and was in desperate need of some relief. I had heard about Green Papaya from folks on Twitter so I decided to get my flu riddened behind over there. This place is located in a shopping plaza tucked away in Miami Lakes suburbia and has been around for the better part of 10 years (if not more). This is the kind of place some people may refer to as "schlocky," but it's these kinds of mom and pop owned eateries that make this city's cuisine so diverse.
I've ordered the Papaya Salad, which comes topped sliced pork loin and shrimp. It's slightly tangy, savory and delicious. This doesn't use the type of papaya people from the Carribean are accustomed to and instead uses green papaya. Green papaya is slightly more tart and not as sweet. The ingredients are all fresh and made to order. It's topped with raw red onions, cilantro, peanuts and what seamed like fried onions. With the exception of the shrimp (because I'm allergic), I pretty much inhaled this refreshing little salad.
On another visit I decided to try their Hau Giang BBQ Pork Chop (Com Xuon Nuong Hau Giang). This bbq pork chop came with a small side salad, white rice and soup. Everything tasted great, the bbq sauce they used had a little bit of a kick, but was actually a mild flavor. Very different from that bold, in your face bbq sauce us Americans are accustomed to. The pork chop itself was cooked perfectly and was all sorts of juicy. This plate alone was ridiculously filling and a great value.
Last, but not least, this place also has bubble tea (also known as boba tea) smoothies. I tried their Green Tea smoothie and fell in love. So any bubble tea fans out there, there is good bubble tea in Miami Lakes, believe it or not!
16893 NW 67th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33015