Sarah and I met some friends at #1 Phở (pronoucned “Fuh”) on Superior a few days ago. It was our first experience with phở (a Vietnamese soup), and we were not disappointed.
We started with the Goi Ga, a chicken and cabbage salad, and, as our friends told us, it was one of the best uses of cilantro one can find. Everything is tied together with a sharp, fresh vinegar dressing. Even Jonathan really liked it.
For our entrée we split a large phở ga (a small would have been fine), a chicken soup with thin rice noodles.
The best part is the condiments and sauces you add to the soup. It’s served with a large plate of bean sprouts, jalapenos, and fresh thai basil:
The soup also comes with a spicy red sauce and a smoked plum sauce (which was a bit like smoked hoisin). You can make your soup as hot or sweet as you’d like. I liked mine really hot, but Sarah preferred a milder version.
We got Jonathan some fried pork spring rolls, which he enjoyed, plus we gave him as much as he wanted of our food. We also mistakenly ordered another type of roll with heavily smoked beef wrapped in rice paper. Both rolls came with a sweet and hot vinegar sauce. I enjoyed everything, but the smokiness of the beef was a bit much for Sarah.
#1 Phở also has a nice beer and wine selection. I had a 33 Export, a Vietnamese beer, which was, like our food, strongly flavored, with plenty of sweetness, astringency and hops. I’m not a bit lager fan, but it wasn’t bad.
We’ll definitely be returning and maybe trying out Superior Phở as well.