1100 Washington Ave
Welcome back to the The Really Food Review! King Alon will journey to the far-off land of 11th and Washington, to enjoy food from even farther-off: Vietnam! The place? Nam Phuong.
One thing that really struck the king was its regal atmosphere: glass chandeliers (probably pure crystal) hung from every table.
King Alon made as royal an entrance as ever, strutting down the aisle of tables until arriving at his own, where he removed his 2834 karat gold cufflinks and got comfortable.
Upon arrival, the waiter provided King Alon with a menu, and he perused at his will (the king’s will). He was also brought tea, which the king sipped with glee!
In a few moments, the waiter arrived, this time to take the king’s order, Pho Ga (chicken pho).
Usually you don’t define a word with the word itself, but in this case it is necessary because there’s nothing quite like it. Basically, if your Jewish grandmother were actually Vietnamese, pho is what she would serve you. It’s a noodle soup made from special chicken or beef stock and various delicious spices (including star anise and roasted ginger).
And these side garnishes:
There’s a debate on how to pronounce it, though. Is it “Foh”? “Fuhhh”? There’s really no reason for it to be a debate because there’s pretty much only one way.
And wow, there wasn’ttime to finish that tangent before the pho (foh? fuhhh?) itself arrived! It couldn’t have been more than five minutes. Before tasting, the king had to garnish with the spices and sides.
Finally, he was ready. The king slowly and gingerly, as only a king could, sipped his first taste.
And wow… who cares how it’s pronounced, this was the most delicious thing he had ever tasted. Ever. He fired his 5 royal chefs immediately.
It was just so tongue-tingling, so spice-filled, so packed with flavor and comfort and love. In a short moment, dripping with sweat, the king found the bottom of the bowl. Most non-royal folk would have only managed to finish half, but due to his extremely portly nature, King Alon was well equipped to handle the whole thing.
He was inspired by the deliciousness of the pho to become the conductor of a 100-piece symphony orchestra.
But then he realized they couldn’t make pho. So he fired them. (It would be much easier to train the pho chefs to become professional musicians than vice-versa… see below).
King Alon was so happy and pleased with Nam Phuong and its pho, that he had to have a royal portrait painted with the staff.
King Alon highly suggests — nay, orders you as his royal subjects — to go eat at this fabulous food establishment. Pho is only about $6, and he’ll give you 10 solid 3984234 karat gold coins if you bring him more pho, since he no longer has any royal chefs.
Thanks for reading… next time Josh Band will be featured and his favorite Rock and roll joint, Johnny Rockets!