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Must have Pho Ga!

jandazza Oct 20, 2008 11:05 AM

Hello Chowhounds! I posted this on the New England board, but maybe I'll get a better response here.

I'm sick as a dog with a cold that's progressed from my sinuses to my chest. I need some Pho Ga and I need it fast (though I suppose I could settle for another Pho, if need be)! I live in Salem; where's the best Pho Ga in a five mile radius? If I need to drive into Boston for this I'll probably end up passing out at the wheel, so I've got to keep this close.

I thank you, as does my raging sore throat and my congested nasal passages.

  1. galangatron Oct 20, 2008 11:38 AM

    pho lynn or pho minh ky in lynn. sugarcane or pho triple 888 in peabody might work too

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    1. re: galangatron
      jandazza Oct 20, 2008 04:34 PM

      Thank you! I went to Pho Minh Ky in Lynn and got some of the most delicious--most healing--pho ga of my life. Not only that, but they were incredibly helpful, sympathetic and sweet; they even sent me away with some extra chili paste to burn out the cold. Great suggestion. Thank you!

      Pho Minh Ky
      Lynn, MA, Lynn, MA

      1. re: galangatron
        StriperGuy Oct 20, 2008 06:55 PM

        What are your thoughts on sugarcane? I keep drying by...

        1. re: StriperGuy
          galangatron Oct 21, 2008 08:10 AM

          haven't tried it yet

          1. re: StriperGuy
            jandazza Nov 24, 2008 12:26 PM

            Tried their pho a few weeks ago. It was good, but it wasn't nearly as good as Pho Minh Ky. If I have it right, Sugarcane serves more of a Northern Vietnamese version (it's simpler and there are no bean sprouts and fewer herbs). I prefer the more complex, Southern Vietnamese pho you get at Pho Minh Ky. Though, I should say, my friend considers himself a pho connoisseur and he really liked Sugarcane.

            Sugarcane's food, overall, is pretty good and comes at a great price. And they deliver!

            1. re: jandazza
              galleygirl Nov 24, 2008 03:53 PM

              I tried Sugarcane w/Mom, and we were a little disappointed. Their Spicy Sour Fisherman soup tasted like a prepared mix, with no tamarind or anything complex, only heat. Boring....

              1. re: galleygirl
                neposter Nov 25, 2008 03:12 AM

                I think a Bun Bo Hue would have fixed your sinuses better.

                1. re: neposter
                  jandazza Jan 14, 2009 09:07 AM

                  Anyplace you recommend?

                2. re: galleygirl
                  galleygirl Nov 25, 2008 05:06 AM

                  Altho, to be fair, it looked like the specialties of the house here are Bun and Pho, so maybe we'll do that next time....

                  1. re: galleygirl
                    galleygirl Jan 14, 2009 09:40 AM

                    We tried Sugarcane again last week, Galleymom got her first pho, and I got a Seafood Pho....I guess the bun at this place must be the way to go, because I was totally underwhelmed....

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