With Chicago's Polar Vortex II here, the only way to survive is with warming soups, like PHO. Phở or pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, and usually a meat like beef or chicken and herbs such as basil and cilantro. Lately though, I have been slurping a vegetarian one with hoisin, lots of hot chili sauce and extra napkins. It's belly warming, super healthy, and clears your nasal passages. Pho is served with a side plate of garnishes generally consisting of bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapeños, coriander leaves and lime. It makes me want to jump for joy.
To get my fix, I head to Tank Noodle on Broadway.
How to eat Pho:
I recommend holding your chopsticks in right hand, soup spoon in left. Sip the broth first while you work the noodles with your chopsticks. It’s OK to stick your face into the bowl while slurping. Once the noodles are gone, raise the bowl to your lips with both hands and polish it off.
4953-55 North Broadway