My all time favorite authentic Vietnamese dish that I eat AT LEAST once a week. I have been eating pho for about 5 years now and it is just the perfect portion size and always hits the spot. There are so many different locations out there I am sure you have one within at least 5-7kms. The pronunciation for pho is actually "fa" which I was informed by my Chinese friends. The best part is when I walk into a restaurant during peek hours and the entire room is filled with Asians - they pretty much look at me like "whose this brown girl, is she lost?" LOL! Furthermore, the only reason I know how to use chopsticks is thanks to the practice I got while eating pho. My two favorite pho restaurants are, Pho Dau Bo & Pho Mi 99.
I always order the same thing "Rare Beef Rice Noodle Soup" & "Cold Pork Rolls". However, I find that Pho Mi 99 has more lean beef with absolutely no fat and they also grill the pork in the cold rolls which adds that extra flavor that keeps me coming back.
It is also very cost efficient, for a small size bowl of pho it usually costs around $5-$6 and is very filling. I cant forget about the Sriracha sauce and Hoison sauce that I mix together and eat with my rice noodles.
It is also a very healthy meal choice with calories ranging between 400-600 depending on what you get, garnishing + sauces used. The only downside I find, is that it is very high in sodium and dehydrates the hell out of me. I probably consume 4 glasses of water thereafter in desperate attempts to restore hydration.
And if I'm feeling bad... sometimes I get an Avocado milkshake or a Taro Milk Tea with Tapioca bubble tea as a treat after my meal. :)
Pho date anyone?