Pho. Pho. Pho.
I have hear the word “Pho” about 50 times in the last few months and that is not an over-exaggeration!! I have heard about the best places to get pho, the best pho ingredients and have heard way to many pho puns. I was really beginning to think that I was missing out on a pho-nomenal experience. Hehehe. See what I did there?! 🙂
So last week on a windy and snowy day, I decided that the warm broth and noodles were calling my name. If you have never heard of pho before or aren’t sure what it is, it’s a Vietnamese noodle soup that consists of broth, rice noodles, vegetables, herbs and meat. It has become super trendy and it seems like overnight a pho restaurant has popped up in every neighborhood in Chicago (and all over the country). Soup and noodle bowls have never really been my thing but I figured I had to give it a try. So I checked out some reviews and did a little research and settled on a restaurant named FUH in Lincoln Park.
When I walked through the front door of Fuh, my life changed forever. Heheh, just kidding!! But in all seriousness, this place ROCKS. The first thing that I noticed was that it was pretty much set up like a salad bar. You start at one end of the counter and step by step you add which ingredients you want in your pho. You start off with a choice of meat, then they fill your bowl with whatever vegetables and herbs you want and they top everything off with a broth of your choice.
I was lucky enough to meet Meda, one of their employees, who made my bowl for me and walked me through every step. I explained to him that it was my first time eating pho and he gave me his suggestions on his favorite items and was seriously so nice and patient with me. He was also spot on because my pho turned out to be incredible. He suggested their brisket as my choice of meat, which I never would have picked, and it was out of this world.
I seriously wish I had listened when people started telling me to try pho months ago because it has only been 4 days and I’m pretty sure I have craved it every day since. It was more flavorful than I thought it would be and because they pour the broth over the veggies and everything at the last minute, you still get a nice crunch and texture when you are eating the soup. Add in the rice noodles and you have basically the perfect dish. Hot, noodley, fresh and flavorful. Can you ask for anything more?! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!! This is seriously the perfect meal for a cold, rainy, or snowy day.
Have you ever tried pho?! What are your favorite ingredients to add in?! If you live in the Chicago area you absolutely need to check out Fuh, you will not be disappointed!!