I ate at Little Saigon yesterday and was blown away by their soup. Since I lived near a great Pho restaurant when I got out of college in Minneapolis long ago, I've been eating Pho for longer than I've eaten any other 'authentic' Asian food (like 13+ years), and have tried it at dozens of places in 4 different cities, so after reading the thread on Little Saigon in Elmhurst a few days ago I went over.
First off, the Pho's a little different here. I ordered something listed as 'Spicy & Sour' soup--listed as 'Canh Chua' in the menu, so not strictly Pho, I suppose--and a standard-sized 'Pho' bowl of colorful broth and veggies. I was served the cooked Pho rice noodles in a separate bowl. Not sure if the regular Pho is served like this, but I don't think I'm going to find out unless I go with someone else here, because there's no way I'm changing from the 'Canh Chua'.
I like my food 'spicy', and all hundred times I've gotten Pho in the past, I've happily add the standard accoutrements (basil leaves, red Chili sauce, little chili peppers, Plum Sauce, and lemon/lime.) But with this 'Canh Chua'--I didn't need to add a thing. Very spicy right out of the kitchen, and the soupbase had a tangyness that tasted like limes, but the waiter told me it wasn't limes. Whatever, it was phenomenal--and just six bucks.
85-32 Grand Ave. (which, for some mysterious reason is called 'Broadway' north of Queens boulevard)... Just walk 3 or four blocks past Tangra Massala...
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