Thursday, November 18, 2010

Phở Real: cheap, filling, good.

Now the weather has cooled off, I can enjoy the comfort of a nice hot bowl of soup.  When I desire a good hot bowl of soup, phở immediately comes to mind.  We sniffed out a place the north Silver Spring area named Phở Real.  Despite the ridiculous name, we decided to give it a try.  We were glad we did.

We couldn’t decide between the summer rolls or the spring rolls.  Being the peace-loving diplomatic people we are, we decided to order both to ensure everyone’s complete enjoyment.  Holy moly they were good and we each had our favorite selection.  I preferred the spring rolls packed with shrimp and pork dipped in that irresistible peanut sauce.  Ms. Classy loved the summer rolls with the always-pleasing fish sauce.  For those of you who never tried fish sauce, don’t let the name scare you away.  If it does, just don’t let them tell you what you’re having and I’m sure you will love it.

Next came what we were both eagerly anticipating, the phở.  This is one of the many reasons I’m glad Ms. Classy chose me: she opened my world to so many things, one of which being phở, and I am ever grateful.  I especially love the fresh basil.  Make sure you tear the leaves and not just pluck them for maximum flavor.  But it’s the tang of the hoisin sauce that really makes the dish.  Make sure to add some chili sauce to add that final zip to your sip.  We split one large bowl for $7.50 so this qualifies one of the best cheap eat deals I can find.  For the final treat, we ordered a coconut bubble tea for the road.  They only have tapioca pearls in case you had a preference for tapioca or jelly.  

Will we go again?  Yes.  When the weather is so cold, a good, hot soup would be the only cure for chilled bones.

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1 comment:

  1. Not hoisin sauce here, but tamarind sauce. Hoisin is thicker and much too sweet.