So, the day after Christmas, we were starving for a good bowl of pho. At the recommendation of this board, we headed to Van Nuys for Pho So. At the corner of Victory and Sepulveda, we saw Pho 999, and like a dummy, I said, that must be it, maybe they changed their name.
So we ate there and had a fine little meal of pho tai and some spring rolls.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, I saw across the street where Pho So was!
So....New Year's Day hangovers to tend, we headed out today for Pho So.
This time I ordered Pho tai chin (rare steak and well-done brisket), and we had spring rolls (my husband loves them) and the fried egg rolls (I love them!) with our Pho.
This was the best Pho I've eaten! The broth was delicious, much better than across the street, and much richer and more flavorful than anything I've had on the Westside. My bowl was so full of noodles I couldn't eat them all, which is not usually the case with me. The rare steak was pink and fresh, looking beuatiful, and the brisket was wonderful, falling apart in the broth and not a bit fatty. The bowl was already full of herbs like cilantro; and our garnishes included not only the basil and fresh bean sprouts, but also another herb that looked like dandelion leaves, and had a great taste.
The Cha Gio came to the table hot, on a plate full of lettuce, herbs, and carrot and radish pickle. These were some of the biggest cha gio I've seen; they were hot and crispy and so delicious I couldn't help scarfing one down right away even though my bowl of soup was steaming in front of me.
In the end, I was absolutely stuffed, satisfied, and happy, and even had 3 chao gio to take home with me. They warmed up nicely in the oven later, and were almost (but not quite) as wonderful leftover.
Pho So is now my very favorite Pho restaurant, thanks to you hounds.