Looking for best pho around
i don't care where it is but wanting to know where ever ones fav place to get it is. I don't like to spend a huge amount as it is supposed to be a reasonable price (under $8) if it cost more than that it better be Kobe beef in there. Wanting to know best broth and meat in relation to price. Does not have to be downtown or surrounding area just king county is what I am looking for. I am not liking to pay 8 bucks for fake broth and tough meat at the chains, I want quality!
im sure everyone has their favorites and their own way of eating pho. i have a certain methodology of rating pho places here and when i lived down in OC.
skip the next paragraph on my methodology to get to my personal favs.
I would order my pho tai raw on the side and have my broth extra hot. this way i can see better how much beef to noodle ratio i'm getting, the condition and quality of the rare beef (is it frozen? is it a good color?), and plus i get the added benefit of medium rare beef in pho. Broth. I look for beef particles in the broth and also the amount of "sheen" on the broth to see if a pho place actually makes their broth or makes it off of bouillion. I'll take a few sip of the unadulterated broth to taste the richness of the broth before adding any mixins.
Tips: I tend to lean towards pho restaurants with the first word in their name as Pho and their second word either a viet word or a number.
Broth is strongest in the morning as pho is traditionally a breakfast item. During the course of the day, I suspect that they just keep adding water over the course of the day.
Be aware of any 24 Hour Pho places. I've had them... 90% of them are horrible.
My Pho Recs
Pho Cyclo: love their Pho Ga, its good white meat chicken on teh side so it avoids "boiling" in the broth.
Pho Bac: very rich (read: phatty) broth. first Pho place in seattle (they opened and were bean sprouts clients from my family so i started eating Pho back in the early 80s). Pink building and the one downtown.
Pho Van: Rainier Valley. Havent been there in a long while, but it's in a converted Burger King. Their broth is a bit sweeter than most and who doesnt love their Happy Cow Logo?
Green Leaf: a little bit pricier, but good all around pho and cleaner than most. (i love this place more for
Pho Cyclo Cafe
406 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
9150 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Moonlight Cafe on 20th & Jackson has incredible broth. It's your general secret hole-in-the-wall type joint.