On a cold Sunday afternoon, a warm bowl of phở is a necessity. Background noise from a busy restaurant, good company, and boba desserts are optional, but they add to the experience as well.
We stopped at Pho Lee Hoa Phat for some warm meals and a new cuisine experience. Even though we have eaten noodle bowls in the past, we never actually ventured into a Vietnamese restaurant to have the “full experience”. Fortunately, we were with our friend–a poor college student and phở expert ;).
After looking through the menu, my sister and I were limited to the vegetable phở bowl, but my friend picked something I forgot the name of (it had meat though!).
The waiter had arrived to our table about 5 minutes after we arrived, but my sister was persistent on deciding on a boba milkshake before ordering our meals.
She offered that we share the shake, and after bouncing back flavor suggestions, we both
compromised agreed to try papaya.
We found the waiter again, and told him our requests. We then prepped our sauces. My friend was very comfortable in the technique of mixing the right ratio of siracha/chili/worcestershire sauce. I had her mix mine sans worcestershire.
We were seated near the window, so it was hard to take a scenic picture of the restaurant showing how busy it was. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it!!
Before our noodle bowls came, we were given some sprouts to use as a refreshing topping for our soups. In the meantime, we were dipping the sprouts in our sauces.
Our friend’s bowl came first, followed by an onslaught of vegetable phở bowls. My sister and I got “regular” sizes, and they were perfectly sized for a lunch.
Underneath all those veggies (and a singular pineapple slice :P), there was so much vermicelli noodles. With the addition of my siracha chili sauce, my sinuses were on fire, haha!
Good thing we had our papaya boba shake on the side to cool off our tastebuds!
^ I (almost) seriously loved this shake more than my noodle bowl. My sister and I were competing for the last few sips :P.
If you are looking for a hearty, warm lunch, definitely give phở a try—and make sure to order a boba milkshake (or two!) on the side ;).
Have you tried phở?