our #2son woke up with a hunger: let’s go to pho today! are we glad he came up with the idea.
what to do when it’s 18 degrees Fahrenheit outside?
a) dive under the duvet/thermal/flannel sheet layers and sleep all day.
b) dress up in layers and sweaters and bulky down coats as for an expedition to Lapland and go out for pho.
we chose b.
yes we were very brave, for the wind chill factor made it feel like several degrees below zero. our favorite pho place is this really high-ceilinged, mirrored, plastic-tropical-flower-filled soup haven in the heart of Dorchester where husband is expert at navigating….
we dove into the food and casual atmosphere. we love casual. we love to eat out with our kids.
i highly recommend any of the pho, brought to your table steaming hot and with the requisite table salad platter of mint and basil leaves, culantro (jagged sturdy long stalks that smell just like cilantro), bean sprouts, lime wedges and little bird chilies.
me, i dig into the great big bowl of bun, rice noodle salad with vegetables, chopped herbs and grilled pork and shrimp, dressed with nuoc cham (sweet fish sauce, lime, garlic, and chili).the cha gio (tiny little pork-and-shrimp-and-sweet-potato-and-bean-thread-noodle spring rolls) is light and crispy and well seasoned, and they sure know their way around the grill. the shrimp was sweet and tender and large!
daughter’s rice plate of cha gio and grilled chicken…her favorite. though we forgot to order it with broken rice which somehow tastes even more jasmine-y than regular…Pho So #1, Adams Street, Dorchester (Fields Corner). there’s another one in Randolph, Ma.
did i mention casual?