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Back of the House at Phuc Loi 

Go into the kitchen of Phuc Loi in South City. (Read Ian Froeb's column here: "Whole Hog.") Photos by 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 active.
Lu Nguyen at work in the kitchen.
The beginnings of the Phó Dac Biêt. You begin with special rice noodles, rare sliced beef and meatballs, oxtail and beef tendon.
Add the scallions and onions.
Pour the broth over everything.
Chau Van hurries the hot bowl of soup to the counter to finish the garnishes.
Add a chili pepper and spices, as the hot broth cooks the meat.
And here you have the final dish: The soup, Phó Dac Biêtis served with sprouts, greens, Hoisin and Sriracha sauces.
The Cóm Dac Biêis comprised of special rice, shredded pork, grilled sliced pork, egg and pork cake, a fried egg and vegetables.
The Cóm Bo Luc Lac is broken rice with sliced beef and vegetables.
Thit Kho, or egg-and-pork soup, is available at the counter buffet.
Also at the counter was a fried tilapia called Ca´ Chiên Phi.
The green beans with pork at the buffet counter are called Dâu Sao Thit Heo.
Ruôt Heo Khía at the buffet counter is pork intestine.
Fish in onion sauce, Ca Kho is also available at the counter.
The tofu here is prepared with lemongrass and onions. This dish in Vietnemese is called Tâu Hu Sá Xa ÓT´.
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´.
Toppings, sauces and spices available to diners at Phuc Loi.
The very simple, yet rather sweet tabletops at Phuc Loi.
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.
Chau and Lu’s son, Jason Nguyen mans the counter while his parents prepare all these delights in the kitchen.
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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 active.
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