You know how there’s a day or a month designated for everything in the food world…well, January is National Soup Month! I have already celebrated with several soups that are good for the soul. Everything from my favorite Mexican soup with meatballs, Albondigas, to my favorite soup at a Jewish deli, Matzo Ball Soup. Then there’s Gazpacho, which is traditionally a cold soup with tomatoes and cucumber. I also have a special chicken soup from a South Bay Mexican spot called the Xcholti, pronounced Soul-chee. It is just what the doctor ordered. But this blog is dedicated to a Vietnamese soup called pho. Specifically the pho that we enjoyed recently at the cleverly named Beverly Hills 9021pho.
Calling themselves a modern Vietnamese Kitchen, 9021pho has five different locations in the Los Angeles area. At first glimpse you might think they offer only pho, which is a noodle soup made with broth, rice noodles, herbs and your choice of meat, usually beef or chicken. It’s a popular street food in Vietnam, which has now become popular at restaurants around the world, including our foodie corner here in Los Angeles. The menu consisted of shared appetizers, bahn-mi inspired sandwiches, rice dishes, stir-fried noodle dishes, and several specialty fish dishes. Of course wine, beer, sake, hot and cold teas were on offer as well.
We ordered the amazingly light brussels sprouts with spiced walnuts as a shared starter, and then I was actually the only diner in our party of four to order the pho. For my first visit, and in honor of National Soup Month, I was NOT going to get anything else. There were six choices of pho on the menu, with twelve different add-ons to choose from as well. I ordered the Pho Ga, which included chicken breast, onions and cilantro in a savory broth. For color and fun, you can see from this photo that I added carrots and snow peas! I would like to say I took half of this large bowl of soup home, but I ate every single drop. It was hot, it was flavorful, it was perfect for a cold rainy night. National Soup Month or not, I will be coming back to Beverly Hills 9021pho again. Next time, I might try their location across from Greenblatt’s Deli on Sunset Boulevard. When I’m done with my bowl of pho, I can run over and order a bowl of matzo ball soup!
By Trish Procetto