On the Pho-trol – Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
To quote my boyfriend Anthony Bourdain, “a good bowl of Pho will always make me happy, take me to that special place where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts”. Yes people Pho’s comforting lure has inspired Sis and I to take a dumpling break and survey that magical valley known as San Gabriel in search of our own soupy nirvana. We are now officially on a serious Pho-Trol and as any good Pho detective will do I immediately turn to my (usually) trusted Yelp reviews in search of 4 or more star goodness.
First up Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa in Alhambra. Located in a nondescript SGV mini-mall, this small formica tabled fluorescently lit dive is typical of the area. Sis and I walk in and immediately feel conspicuously non-asian; a good sign. Another good sign was the heavenly aroma of Vietnamese broth coming out of the kitchen. Both of us being purists we order the Rare Beef Pho and add a side of Pork and Shrimp spring rolls. How was it? The broth was beautifully fragrant with plenty of Star Anise which I happen to love. With great chewy rice noodles and lovely fresh rare beef this added up to a praise worthy bowl. The surprise of the meal was the pork and shrimp spring rolls. The rolls were made with fried shrimp which was a new yummy twist for me and the sauce was surprisingly delicate; not too sweet. We’ll be back.
More info- What makes a good Pho?
Beautiful Rare Beef Pho
Pork and Shrimp Spring Roll
Inside Pork and Shrimp Spring Roll