Tuesday, November 9, 2010
What the World Needs Now
The Beatles said it best when they sang “All you need is soup. Soup is all you need”.
My wife ordered a bowl of seafood soup generous with prawns, crab, fish cakes and squid. Again, the base of this dish was the incredible rice noodles. The soup’s greens were basil and mint leaves for both our dishes.
A plate of garnishes is brought with your soup that includes fresh Thai basil, mint, bean sprouts, lime wedges and sliced hot green chilies. Hot steaming Pho: your way. And if you really want to live on the edge, every table has its pot of red chile sauce. Nuoc Cham in Vietnamese. Which (according to my sources) loosely translates into “The Red Peppers are very angry and will peel the rubber off your tires”
I said loosely.
We sat near a couple who told us that they have been regulars at the Pho Vietnam for 14 years. Quality breeds loyalty. Which may explain something. I have been there on four occasions, including off hours to traditional eating times, and that place stays busy.
The prices are friendly. The small bowls were under six dollars each. The bowls come in three sizes and their version of small is LARGE.
So do your part in making your world a little better and enjoy a bowl of soup.
Now go explore!
Pho Vietnam is located just off Highway 12 at 711 Stony Point Rd, Ste 8 in Santa Rosa, CA. (707) 571-7687.