In my Home Remedies for Colds post, Fran commented on liking chicken laksa for colds, which is a spicy asian soup. I've never seen laksa on menus in these parts, but I knew that pho, which is a Vietnamese soup, can be had. I've also had it before and I like it. Next thing I knew, I wanted some. I wanted some badly. A hot and spicy noodle soup with two of my absolute favorite herbs, basil and cilantro, in it. It sounded like the very thing for this cold. Well, maybe the cold was a good excuse for the pho.
Trouble is, Steve and I haven't had Vietnamese food since we left Beaverton two years ago, and the internet search doesn't always point out all the Vietnamese restaurants there are in a given area. Why is that? I've noticed tons of Vietnamese grills and noodle parlors all over the place when I'm not looking for them. Now when I want one I can't find one fairly close. Except one, which is right over the river from us in Oregon City, maybe five minutes away. We had no idea if it was any good, or even open, but we went anyway.
I'm really glad we did- it was great! The food, the service, everything. We hadn't eaten since breakfast, so we shared salad roll and egg roll appetizers. Steve was in the mood for rice (actually, he's always in the mood for rice but it seriously messes with his blood sugar, so I don't make it) so he had the grilled pork and rice. I had the chicken pho, which was really, really good, and just what I wanted, and just what I needed. Hot. Chickeny. Noodly. Spicy. Mmmmm.
Tonight we are having Alaskan cod, because it's on the okay list and because it was on sale. I love cod; it's one of my favorite fishes. We'll have it with some vegetable from the back yard, probably green beans. It will be good, and I will like it.
I'd rather to go back and get another bowl of pho. Thanks, Fran.