November 21st, 2011. Saigon Day 2
For our final day in Ho Chi Minh City we got a tour of the city itself and some historical landmarks.
A morning full of sightseeing really had us all hungry! Our city guide took us into the city for the most popular Vietnamese staple…Pho!! And where better to go than a well recognized establishment..Pho Hoa! Goodness, who knew I’d see a Pho Hoa here..I thought it was a North American chain…
Since I didn’t have a chance to go to any other real pho houses while in Vietnam I can’t be certain that all of them are like this, but all the tables here were laden with various herbs, bananas, fried donuts and little boxes of rice.
Here’s how it works: you eat it, you pay for it. Lol!! No, these aren’t complimentary sides. Anyways, we crammed ourselves in and left it up to the guide to just order us the standard pho.
Let me tell you something about chilies in Vietnam. Those are some spicy mothertruckers!!! You put a few in your pho and in a matter of seconds the whole bowl turns into a fiery bowl of heat! I learned my lesson the first couple times, so this time i made sure to just put in about 3 slices, let them simmer and then took them out.
Just LOOK at that! The soup is so clear, the green onions and basil are so fresh and vibrant….! The noodles aren’t one big lump that we have to peel off and the meat is tender and falls apart just right. It’s pho at it’s best.
Pho was delicious, filling, and made us all sweat our butts off! I guess it’s true though, you fight heat with heat 😉
Oh….one thing…….. towards the end of the meal….someone said they went to the bathroom and on the way saw an interesting menu item… Rat Pho….. uh….WHAT??!!!!!!!!!!