Dining Out Magazine

Phở #1

By Mahlzeit
I keep lamenting the fact that NYC has almost no Vietnamese restaurants worth going to, so when I go somewhere that DOES, I get as much in as I can. As I mentioned in my Monte Carlo Restaurant post, I only discovered Gil's Thrilling (and Filling) Blog my last night in Albuquerque, and it led me to Phở #1. This made me very happy indeed.
Their specialty is Bò 7 Món, or 7 courses of beef, a something traditionally served at wedding banquets. The table next to me was enjoying it quite audibly. But I was just one person and wanted to try some of the other things on the menu I had never encountered before. They were all winners. First up was Bò Lá Lốt: seasoned ground beef wrapped in wild betel leaves (rather like smaller, thinner grape leaves, referred to on the menu, mysteriously, as "Hawaiian loaf leaf") and grilled. It's one of the Bò 7 Món courses, and it earns its place there: tasty and fun to pick up and nibble on. I also had a variety of phở I had never tried before, Phở Sate Đặc Biệt, or sate beef phở. In this case, sate does not refer to grilled meat skewers, but a chili and garlic paste typical of the Mekong River delta. This is my new favorite variety of phở and I'll definitely order it if I ever see it again on another menu... which will involve going someplace that has decent Vietnamese restaurants... okay, I'll stop now.
As great as that phở was, the grand prize of the meal went to Ram Chiên, translated on the menu as "Central Vietnamese egg roll". This does not even begin to suggest its beauty, and I'm very glad I asked about it: it's BBQ pork, shrimp, scallion, and bean sprouts rolled in a rice wrapper and deep-fried. The rice wrapper comes out both crispy and chewy, and the marriage of BBQ pork and shrimp is of the happiest possible kind... in short, magnificent, and I hope I get to eat it again some day.
Phở #1
414 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

(closed Wednesdays)

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Salted Chunky Chocolate Cookie

    Salted Chunky Chocolate Cookie

    Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies. NOTHING. When the mr kindly requested for me to make these salted chunky chocolate cookies, I couldn’t say... Read more

    By  Foodmadewithlove
  • Food Review: Singl-End, 265 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6TT

    Food Review: Singl-End, Renfrew Glasgow

    Tasty Cakes and brunch at Singl-end in Glasgow Hidden away in a basement, off the beaten track in Garnethill probably isn’t where you would first look for dishe... Read more

    By  Emma
  • 5 Cheap Cheats for Killing It with Social Data

    Cheap Cheats Killing with Social Data

    SMBs don’t have to spend a fortune or employ a data scientist to master social media data. In fact you may already have everything you need to glean a wealth... Read more

    By  Marketingtango
  • Insulin Causes Insulin Resistance

    Insulin Causes Resistance

    Laura was only 25 when she was diagnosed with an insulinoma, a rare tumor that secretes abnormally large amounts of insulin in the absence of any other... Read more

    By  Dietdoctor
  • The Public Still Has A Very Poor View Of Congress

    Public Still Very Poor View Congress

    These charts are made with information in a recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between December 3rd and 5th of a random national sample of 1,417 adults, wit... Read more

    By  Jobsanger
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Argentina

    Interesting Facts About Argentina

    When you think of Argentina, the first images that will most likely come to mind will involve tango, Madonna’s Evita, gauchos and delicious steaks. And for... Read more

    By  Davedtc
  • The Most Amazing Places in the World for Flowers?

    Most Amazing Places World Flowers?

    Foreword from me: The following is a guest post from Lily Evans, the founder of SkyWeFly a fellow travel website and blog. Rather poetic for Lily to be writing... Read more

    By  Petershaw1984