One Pho the Money at Pho Saigon

Categories: For Your Health

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Cristina Cuellar
If you don't want to eat this, you are crazy. Or on crystal meth.
This past weekend I was sick as a dog. I had to leave work early on Friday to go home and curl into the fetal position, a pitiful display which was broken only by frequent bouts of hydration and moaning. Being sick is the worst, but with the powers of modern science and medicine on my side (Z-packs are a thing of wondrous beauty), I quickly rebounded Saturday afternoon.

Yet, it wasn't just the powerful antibiotics coursing through my system that healed me. It was the power of prayer. Ha, yeah right. It was pho.

In an attempt to curb the lethargy, sinus pressure and lack of sustenance that had been slowly gathering in my person for the previous 48 hours, my lady love and I saddled up and trotted over to Pho Saigon. I was craving pho. I needed it. I hadn't eaten dinner the night before and was just drained.

Pho is great. It's a wonderful amalgamation of ingredients, and all of them kick ass. There are the buoyant, solid ingredients providing textural wrinkles over a rich, layered backdrop of broth. It elicits a comforting, warming glow deep, deep down in your belly parts. Eating something that you know someone put a lot of time into is the definition of comfort food, to me.

To me, pho is the Southeast Asian version of Mom's chicken noodle soup, except it's made with a complex meat broth long-simmered with exotic spices. I won't pretend to know the intricacies of its preparation; I'll let you read the Wikipedia article for your own damn self.

Due to my head cold and subsequent congestion, I ladled in a healthy dose of chili oil and Sriracha. Cleaned me right out. My sinuses felt like they had just ingested the nasal equivalent of extra-strength Ducolax.

We also sampled the egg rolls. They are considerably lighter and more airy than the oft-times greasy Chinese counterparts. The outer wrapping was thin and crispy, with a pockmarked surface of popped air bubbles from a quick, flash frying. It had just the right kind of soft pork and shrimp filling to complement the wafer-like exterior texture.

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Cristina Cuellar
This is all your idiot little brother would eat.
Pho is a wonderful dish with great restorative properties. You can get full without being overly bloated, you can enjoy a well-prepared, hearty meal and the real nipple on the teat is that you won't break the bank. I got out of there for less than 20 bucks, all told, and that was with the two crunchy, tasty eggrolls we added on to our soups.

Not too bad, bro. Not too bad at all. Go get pho the next time you are feeling under the weather. It'll cure what ails you.



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Pho Saigon Noodle House

2808 Milam St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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DX
DX

What I like about Pho Saigon (#7 specifically) is that the place served my Hindu friend the Vegetarian Pho once a week for about a month until a sharp as a tack waiter informed him that they do not have vegetarian broth and he had been eating meat every meal he had there. The cooks there just replaced the meat with tofu and called it a day. Good people.

SirRon
SirRon

I liked this piece, and I can't wait for the next one on cheese enchiladas.

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

What the hell is a cheese enchilada?

SirRon
SirRon

I believe cheese enchiladas are what you eat *before* you get sick, but I'm not a food writer.

ps- What the hell is pho? Your editor forgot to embed that aforementioned wiki link.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Who needs a link?  I went to Wikipedia the old fashioned way (by going to Google and searching for Wikipedia--works every time) then I did a search for Pho.  Apparently pho has something to do with Palestinian liberation and was headed up by some dude named Yasser Arafat.

Kava Powder
Kava Powder

Comfort food especially when you're sick is definitely a quick way to ease the feeling and recover from the sickness. 

FiorelloF
FiorelloF

The hottest pho shop among Vietnamese right now is Pho Hung, on Bellaire at Wilcrest.Has people waiting to sit down. They supposedly paid a giant sum for their recipe, which is an odd story in itself.

k.
k.

i need wisdom: where can you find decent vegetarian pho? i know - the beef stuff is better. but humor me, people. 

Matt Siwicke
Matt Siwicke

Sam,

I got it as well, like your writing style......visceral descriptors that I happen to agree with.  In fact, my lovely just had surgery on Tuesday and is of course recovering this week, so what does she crave you ask?  The incredibly tasty yet satisfying but more importantly healing quality of Pho.  Where did I obtain Pho and Vietnamese Egg Rolls from?  None other than Pho Saigon, probably the freshest, best tasting and economical vietnamese food in town.  I also gut laughed at the comment "your crazy if you don't like this stuff, or on crystal meth" because I could not agree more.  Enjoyed the article, look forward to more.

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

Thanks so much, Matt.  I appreciate it so much.

Wyatt
Wyatt

 "Pho Saigon, probably the freshest, best tasting and economical vietnamese food in town."

It's decent, but yeah, no.

Christine Ha
Christine Ha

Beg to differ that Pho Saigon has the freshest Vietnamese food in town. Their quality has gone downhill over the years though the Midtown location is probably still the better of all the Pho Saigons.

Viet-ho
Viet-ho

I'm on my way. I prefer the meatless version and a small bowl is ample chow!BTW do they provide the lime, bean sprouds and basil leaves on the side?

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

They do.  I think that's pretty much SOP.  You gotta ask for the chili oil, though.

Matthew
Matthew

tell me more about this pho. i've never heard of it before. i learn so much on this website.

Duhh
Duhh

Just go eat some; it's awesome.

Pm
Pm

you realize you said nothing specific about Pho Saigon and the food served there, right?  Thanks for your random musings on pho in general though.

Sam Brown
Sam Brown

You are so very welcome.  In fact, when I sat down to write this story, I said to myself:  How can I randomly muse?  What should I randomly muse upon, and how can I be the most vague and general writer around?

I'm glad you picked up on what my real intentions were.  Not a lot of readers would have gotten that.  Well done, Pm.

Corey
Corey

 Seriously well done, no obvious shilling (bad pun intended) nor any glowing/gushing review of someone's friends restaurant. Before you knock this well written and obviously quite passionate review and go read her reviews for reference, nudge nudge wink wink say-no-more for a counterpoint to this article.

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