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Pho Ga Dac Biet @ Pho Hoa Hung, SF

Melanie Wong | Jan 12, 200603:07 AM

Finding my intended lunch destination closed, I peeked in the door of a spot nearby and saw "chicken noodle soup with young eggs" listed on the white board as a daily special. After sitting down, I then learned that there were no more young eggs available.

So, I settled for the pho ga dac biet, $5.15, instead. This came with a copious quantity of coarsely shredded white meat chicken with skin and bones removed. Maybe even a half breast worth, and though I normally prefer the dark meat, this was velvety textured and tender. The rice noodles were the thin variety, nearly square cut. Garnishes were fresh and I reveled in the aroma of the basil wafting up from the hot soup. The bowl was topped with thin slivers of white onion, fried shallots, green onions, and fresh cilantro. The one minus was the chicken stock itself. It was a tad greasy, a bit dilute, and the flavor was too sweet even after I added a squirt of lemon, which I rarely do. While nothing to rave about, it was satisfying enough.

Pho Hoa Hung
425 Ellis St.
SF 94102
Open 7 days a week
8:30am to 8:00pm

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