Guilty Pleasure: Phở Tái
Confession #1: I love Pho! It is one of my favorite things to eat.
Confession #2: In times of total insanity I have been known to eat Pho up to 5X/week! It’s good anytime of the day or night. (In chinatown you can order Pho 24 hours/day!)
What is pho? Vietnamese Noodle Soup
Although there are many varieties of Pho, I generally order Pho Tái. This is rare beef fillets in a hot steaming beef/oxtail/onion/garlic/other delicious stuff broth, rice noodles and onions. One of the best parts of Pho is the garnishes and condiments that come on the side. The garnishes generally include thai basil, bean sprouts, lime wedges and chili peppers. The condiments are often hoisin and Sriracha sauce but sometimes you score and get roasted garlic, fish oil and other fun stuff! (FYI: condiments=HUGE guilty pleasure!)
Today, I went to the Pho Train (probably not the real name but there is a picture of a train on the sign) and enjoyed a delicious bowl of Pho Tái with Todd and Brian. Check it out! (Click on the picture for a mouthwatering closer look.)
- Usually you have to fill in your order number and Pho size on a piece of paper.
- Don’t be discouraged by the description of the meat-just do it
- Order the small trust me it will be enough!
- Always taste the broth first before adding any condiments or garnishes.
- Don’t over sauce your Pho ( i do this all the time but that’s because I love condiments!)
- Eat with a spoon and chopsticks. (Slurping is not really considered rude, check out how the people next to you are eating it!)
- Bring Cash (lot’s of places in Chinatown are cash only and generally a small Pho will run you less than $10.00, be suspect if it’s more!)
- Go and eat one NOW!
- Be Adventurous in your ordering!
I hope you are enjoying the new series I have been working on here at Foodventures!
Read more about PHO here!