Celebrating Soup Month in January
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.
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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.
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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