Its definitely soup noodle weather, so heres another one to warm the soul.
My last visit to Szechwan for noodles, my waitress recommended the Vietnamese style rice noodle soup with poached Chinese chicken. The menu here offers Vietnamese specialties, as well as Chinese dishes. On a recent rainy day, I stopped in to give the pho ga a try. All the customers seated near me were eating Viet rice plates or noodles.
The printed menu lists pho ga for 5 bucks or so. I inquired about getting all dark meat. My server shook her head and said that the menu price was for the soup with boneless slices of chicken breast. If I wanted dark meat on the bone, the price would be $7, including tax.
The chicken pieces turned out to be a leg and wing hacked through the red bones. Wonderfully silky in texture with firm skin and just the right amount of salt to highlight the deep chicken-iness of the flavorful meat, the $1.50 upgrade was well-worth the investment. The thin rice noodles were kind of clumpy, but the sparkling broth was so delicious garnished with scallions, cilantro, and deep-fried shallots, I didnt mind.
On the way out, I noticed that a couple customers had the same soup made with fresh rice noodles. Ill definitely order it that way next time, and then I think that this will equal my favorite pho ga at Turtle Tower in SFs Tenderloin.