Review #2: Pho Bac Vietnamese Beef Noodle

May 17, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Boise, Idaho, Restaurants, Reviews
Pho Bac's Delicious Pho

Pho Bac's Delicious Pho

I had the chance to give Pho Bac another try today during my lunch hour.  Much better!  This time, as my giant bowl of pho was placed in front of me, I inhaled the wonderful sweet smell of star anise.  The aroma was a combination of licorice, onions, ginger, and beefy goodness.  I’m so happy that they repented of their sins!

The broth tasted delicious, just like what I was hoping for, though it could have used even more star anise for my liking.

Pho as served

Pho as served

I added all the veggies (gosh that Thai basil smells good), mixed in some hoisin sauce and sriracha hot sauce, and went to town.

Pho Veggies

Pho Veggies

Pho is so good.  It makes a bad day good, and a good day great.  The flavors of the herbs, spices, aromatics, and beef all come together in your mouth like a firework show.   Just simply fantastic.

Pho Bac’s brisket slices are very good, with a strong beef flavor.  But my favorite has to be the beef meatballs.  These things are awesome!  They have a great texture; chewy, slightly slick on the tongue, and a resistance that almost feels like a very soft crunch.  They are seasoned with some great Asian savory seasonings that just make the whole thing come alive.  Very very good with the pho broth.  When you eat here, make sure you order one of the phos with the meatballs.

 

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