We don't claim to be experts on authentic Asian cuisine (or any cuisine for that matter), but we do love us a good bowl of pho. And you might not be surprised to learn that this is definitely what we would have named a pho restaurant if it were up to us. It's just that our version would have looked a lot more like spring break with soup. Who wants to party?
For these kinds of eating adventures, we like to enlist the help of a true authority on the subject, and in this instance we turned to our Vietnamese friend, Thanh. Thanh swears that this is the best pho in New York City, and I'll be damned if we're gonna be the ones to disagree. We eat our fair share of this Vietnamese staple, and have to say that Pho Bang satisfies like no other. There aren't many things better in this world than a huge bowl of oxtail broth with noodles and fixins - and this one is super flavorful and perfectly rich. If you want to get real serious, you'll do like Thanh does and order a side of melted pork fat to throw into the mix. A move like that will earn you some respect around here, and it will also earn you a few extra pounds on the way to a much huger ass. That's a win/win as far as we're concerned.
These will do the job if you're dying for something to warm you up before you dive into pho, but we find that the pork inside can be a bit dry at times. Don't go crazy.
We like ours with just some flank steak in it, but you can decide what cuts of meat you'd like floating in your broth. We'd recommend tossing in a whole lot of basil and spicy sauce too.