Growing up in Queens, when I crave Asian food I never think of Chinatown. I almost always head to Flushing, both for convenience and preference taste wise. There are some really great places in Chinatown too, don’t get me wrong, but Flushing is and will always be my go to. For those who haven’t been to Flushing or don’t frequent the area very often, Flushing is like Queens’ version of Chinatown, but arguably much better. If you are looking for authenticity, variety and a much more tourist-less crowd, Flushing is for you. In my experience, because of the amount of tourists who frequent Chinatown, the food is a bit more catered to the American palate.
So when I was craving Vietnamese Pho (pronounced fuh :]), I headed to my favorite spot, Pho Vietnamese Restaurant on Prince Street. There are a few better places, to be honest, but this one is one of the cleaner ones. My parents prefer Phobang on Kissena Blvd. Personally, I would really only go there if I’m craving their dessert (Vietnamese Chè). Anyway, I normally opt for the classic beef bowl which includes thin slices of raw beef, slices of various types of braised beef, and tripe. When I visited recently, however, I was craving the beef and fish ball noodle soup and that’s what you see above. I also got their beef cubes which are really good, unfortunately, me and my brother devoured it so quickly I forgot to take a picture. Pho typically consists of rice noodles, beef broth, shaved onions and the meat of your choice. This is then accompanied by soybean sprouts, cilantro, basil, sliced chili, lime and hoisin sauce on the side, which the customer can then optionally add depending on their preferences. I like mine with everything added except the lime and I keep my hoisin on the side.
Vietnamese Pho is so delicious and if you have never had it, I strongly recommend trying it. Especially now that the weather is getting colder, there is absolutely nothing like stepping out of the cold and warming up with a hot bowl of Pho.