I’ve recently, only recently gotten hooked on Pho soup. My love for this fantastic belly warming dish made it’s way into my life around November of last year. Since that time, I have been travelling the city looking for the perfect pho place. For those of you who don’t know what pho is, it is Vietnamese and consists basically of broth, noodles, onion and meats. What really makes the soup is the broth.
Each restaurant perfects it in their own way and the choice is yours where you like to have your pho. For myself I think my favourite place is Hong Hoang. They have a very vast menu of items to choose from all of which I haven’t really explored. The restaurant is very inviting with it’s modern look, high ceilings and cool lights!
Their chicken wings are delish!
As well their spring rolls are quiet tasty.
The restaurant itself is simple, which creates for it’s patrons, a sense of cleanliness and calmness. All in all I really like to go there, especially since it is only a five minute drive from my house. When it gets as cold where you are as it does here in the winter months, pho is the exact sustenance that you will want to satisfy your chill.
It is a thing of beauty both aesthetically and functionally. When you are served the soup, the meat comes almost raw. The process of flipping your noodles over the meat starts the cooking process, which adds something additional to the soup that I just can’t quite put my finger on. It’s divine. If you are apprehensive about it, I recommend starting off with just beef steak and when you are feeling a little more adventurous go with some of the more exquisite meats.
The secret is in the broth. The broth for beef pho is generally made by simmering beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onion, charred ginger and spices. Seasonings include Saigon cinnamon, star anise, roasted ginger, roasted onion, black cardamom, coriander seed, fennel seed, and clove. The broth takes several hours to make.
Then of course we just had to have desert because it looked so tasty!
It is definitely worth a stop in if you are in Edmonton and are still looking for that perfect pho place. Although everyone has their own preference when it comes to pho, some prefer their broth more bland while others prefer a orchestra of flavours. Don’t forget to add their fish sauce. The staff at Hong Hoang pride themselves on their authentic high quality fish sauce.