Comfort food comes in many forms but when it’s chilly and rainy outside, the best cure is soup and in particular pho. We’ve been on an Asian soup craze lately; it must be the chilly fall weather that’s sneaking up on us! The Divas have had their fair share of pho and we finally made it to a staple in Montreal’s Chinatown, Pho Bang New York, on boulevard St-Laurent.
This is a popular, casual spot and as soon as you taste their broth, you’ll understand why. Pho soup is a Vietnamese noodle soup made of rice noodles, a few fresh herbs and either beef (more traditional), or chicken. It’s a type of street food in Vietnam that has gained some popularity in North America. The broth is what makes this soup so delicious, made by simmering a mix of beef and its bones, steak, onion, ginger and varied spices in a cheesecloth, to prevent them from floating in the soup. We really believe in the healing properties of pho!
At Pho Bang New York, the first thing to hit the table was the tea, perfect on a rainy day. We started with imperial rolls, there are four to a serving, along with a dipping sauce. They are super crispy and generously filed with cellophane noodles, plenty of fresh vegetables that have some bite to them, and are not overcooked, and ground meat! If you want to go vegetarian, they also have that option!
You can order your soup in three different sizes, small, medium or large, depending on your appetite. We ordered the pho with both rare eye of round and well done flank steak. The eye of round is cut very thin so that it partially cooks in the broth. It is still slightly pink when it arrives at the table, on the other hand he cooked flank steak adds just a little bit of fattiness to the broth and added richness.
Every bowl of pho has green and white onions, with coriander, it also arrives with a plate of bean sprouts, lime and Thai basil, for you to add as much as you please. You can add hoisin sauce, soy sauce or sriracha which are waiting for at on your table. We always add sriracha sauce, making the broth spicy, and all the more addictive.
Pho Bang New York has a constant stream of people coming and going, but you barely have to wait long as most tables eat and go. If you’re like us, you’ll take advantage of being in Chinatown and do some grocery shopping just across the street at G&D. Stay tuned, we’ll have some recipes using the fun Asian ingredients that we bought!
No visit to Montreal’s Chinatown is complete with a quick visit at Le Mal Necessaire for a drink….or two! Pho Bang New York really is a great spot for pho soup – the prices are good, the food is delicious and it’s perfect for a fast bite. If you’re a fan of pho, you’ll definitely want to check out Pho Bang New York in Montreal’s Chinatown. We’ll be back!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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