When a bad cold hits you with full force, it’s no surprise my mind jumps to thoughts of warm soups and stews. Korean tofu stews always hit the spot and Chinese soup dumplings never fail, but there’s something I love about Vietnamese pho that brings a touch of warmth to your soul. That’s when I head to Cong Ly in Chinatown.
I have to admit, I’m totally addicted to their pho. Maybe it’s the fresh, clean taste of the broth or the bright colors of the basil and green chiles that light up the table, but with every bite I get a small taste of Spring. The ridiculously cheap prices don’t hurt either. Sometimes I get the grilled pork chop pho for a change, but my usual is the pho tai — “rice noodle beef soup with fresh eye of round.” Throw in a side of spring rolls that you eat wrapped up in fresh lettuce and mint, and any blue thoughts I have just melt away!