Vietnamese Pho (pronounced “fa”) is one of my many favorite dishes, a noodle soup delicacy consisting of stock, rice noodles, herbs, spices and meat. It is serve in a big bowl and accompanied by a small plate containing bean sprouts, chilies (jalapeno), mint leaves, lemon and other spices. You add the contents of the plate to your bowl of hot broth with noodles, the amount you add gives this dish your own personal touch, making you one with the soup. A Jedi experience using your chopsticks as a light saber to tame the noodles for consumption and a Chinese soup spoon to ease the wonderful broth to your mouth. “What chopsticks can’t, spoon will do – there is no try.” Pho is a “feel good” food that I relish after a hike, writing code and recuperating from a cold.
I always accompany my Pho with an order of fresh spring rolls. The spring rolls consist of vegetables rice noodles and shrimp wrapped in translucent rice paper. I always think of the rice paper as a night gown revealing how many shrimps are inside and how fresh the vegetables are. Dipping sauce is a sweet peanut based sate mix with crushed peanuts on top.
Next are my favorite Pho hangouts in Los Angeles. Please note, that prices for Pho and Spring Rolls is less than 20 dollars for each of these restaurants,
Pho So 1
6450 Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Tel: (818) 989-6377
“Pho So 1” my favorite Pho place the meat in the broth is medium rare which gives a nice juiciness. The broth contains tripe and also beef tendons. Their spring rolls are the best I ever had, the shrimps are perfectly cooked and wrapped tightly by the rice wrapper.
4349 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
Tel: (310) 398 – 5200
Note, Pho Show “serves Philippine beer”. If I need a quick “late at night fix”, this is the place. Pho Show is frequented by people from the marina, the place has an excellent ambiance with a great staff providing excellent service. Another plus to this establishment is its nearness to a nice coffee and study place called “Tanners”.
3110 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Tel: (323) 667 – 9591
Indocine Vien has the most cleanest broth, it does not contain tripe. The broth is delicious and crystal clear. One important thing to note, is that if the server asks you what type of noodles for your Pho. Ah, it’s a choice between white or brown rice noodles. Please choose the white rice noodles, the brown rice noodles doesn’t really go well with the broth.
If you really like Pho please try out these restaurants, Good Eats !