Restaurant Reviews

Craving for some Pho!

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Over the weekend we were in Tenefly, NJ for some work and by the time we got there, we were too hungry. Since we were not familiar with that area, we resorted to the ever helpful site Zomato.com and ‘Simply Vietnamese’ was one of the restaurants that was on the highly recommended list.

Now, I’m a huge fan of the fragrant and aromatic Pho so we decided to try out this restaurant.

Since we didn’t have much time, we didn’t order any appetizers and went straight for the entrees. They served some really great crispy Shrimp Crackers before they got our order… loved them! I wanted more but figured I should control my hunger pangs and just wait for the order to arrive.

shrimp crackersWe got the tempting ‘Chicken Pho’ – a hearty beef-based broth with rice noodles, chicken and scallions served with bean sprouts, lemon wedges and greens on the side. I like my Pho with lots of sprouts. Jalapeno? Not so much… just one or two slices are enough to add a little bit of that extra heat.

Our hungry stomachs demanded that we also order one more dish and I saw that they had ‘Spicy Pad thai noodles’ on the menu which is one of our favorites. The stir-fried rice noodles with egg and chicken, topped with crushed peanuts and a drizzle of lemon juice makes such a delicious meal!

pad-thai

However, anyone who has had Pho knows the ginormous quantity of this dish. And so, although we were super hungry, we could barely finish the Pho and had to take half of the noodles as take away.

Overall it was a great experience and both the dishes were really lip-smacking. I know that the Vietnamese cuisine is much wider and as a foodie, I certainly wish to venture more. But as for now, my stomach was satisfied and I was happily in a world of my own… So I think I will reserve the other dishes for next time 😉

Fun Facts: Pho (pronounced as ‘Fuh’) is a staple diet of the Vietnamese culture. The secret to a good bowl of Pho is a slow simmering beef based broth with the right amount of spices like cinnamon, star anise etc. This is a hearty dish which is generally enjoyed as breakfast or lunch but can be eaten at any hour of the day. (Source: Internet)

Happy Blogging and Keep on Smiling!!

XOXO

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XOXO

Smiling Notes

38 Comments

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    Moose and Michelle

    September 24, 2015

    Ah! Pho is life! Jealous. I’d be even more jealous if I hadn’t just had pho a couple days ago, but I’m still jealous 😀

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Hahaha you resonate my thoughts! Pho is indeed life! 😊 and even though both of us just had it a couple of days ago..let’s grab a bowl of Pho again! 😜

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    annascuisine

    September 24, 2015

    It’s getting colder and Pho is just perfect for lunch or dinner. 🙂

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    Smiling Notes

    September 24, 2015

    yup..a hot bowl of Pho perfect for Fall 🙂

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    Records of the Ohanzee

    September 24, 2015

    I’m so glad that I had already eaten before I saw this post. It looks amazingly delicious!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Hahaha 😀 Thank you so much for checking out my post 🙂

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    Antonia

    September 24, 2015

    I love Pho and adding as many toppings as I can! You all were ambitious ordering the noodles too. I can see why you couldn’t finish it 😉

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Lmao it was indeed stupid of us to order the noodles.. how much can two people eat? 😀

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    Erika Kind

    September 24, 2015

    I had my first Pho in California and I love it!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Cool..! I’m in love with it as well 😜

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        Erika Kind

        September 24, 2015

        It is so special. Did you ever have Shabu Shabu?

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          Smiling Notes

          September 24, 2015

          No..haven’t tried it yet..have heard it’s great! Do you like it?

          • Erika Kind

            September 24, 2015

            It is! You need to try it when you get the chance!

          • Smiling Notes

            September 24, 2015

            Oh now I am definitely gonna try it someday soon!! Thanks for the heads up 😜👍

          • Erika Kind

            September 24, 2015

            My pleasure ☺ Let me know how you liked it 😉

          • Smiling Notes

            September 24, 2015

            Yup..sure!! 😜

          • Erika Kind

            September 25, 2015

            😃

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    Kat

    September 24, 2015

    I’ve never had Pho before! 🙁 I think it’s about time to try it 😀

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Oh it is definitely worth a try..glad my post made you consider trying it out 😊😜

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    Sadie's Nest

    September 25, 2015

    I love trying new restaurants, how fun! I’m a huge fan of spicy pad thai… and thank you for the correct pronunciation of Pho, I have been saying it wrong!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 25, 2015

      Me too Sadie..love trying out different places! And btw..even I used to mispronounce Pho..came to know about it recently lol 😂

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    September 28, 2015

    I have never had Pho but see signs for it all the time and have wondered what it is!! I love noodles I know what that is lol! It sounds very healthy and looks pretty tempting! Thanks for the pictures!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 28, 2015

      Oh I’m sure you will love it..!!😉

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        Lynz Real Cooking

        September 28, 2015

        I am always looking and thinking huh, it looks good! I will be brave and give it a try! thanks!

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    Linda Fernandes

    September 29, 2015

    Woooooow it’s divine

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    Heather

    October 7, 2015

    I’m floating in food heaven right now. I want to eat the pictures and die in Asian food heaven 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      October 7, 2015

      Hahhaaa thanks for your sweet comment! I crave for it every time I see that pic too 😜thank you for checking out my blog 😊

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    Liz

    October 11, 2015

    Everything looks fresh and delightful. Thanks for sharing!

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    anotherfoodieblogger

    December 28, 2015

    I just adore Pho!

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    travelchowdown

    January 1, 2016

    Oh wow, Pho was one of our favourite dishes in Vietnam, we’ve really struggled finding a decent bowl in the UK!

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      Smiling Notes

      January 1, 2016

      As much as I love Pho here, I wish I could have an authentic one in Vietnam 🙂

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    Aleks

    April 2, 2016

    I tried some Pho in Vietnam when I was there in March 🙂 this one looks delicious 🙂

    Aleks
    silencio1984blog.wordpress.com

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      Smiling Notes

      April 2, 2016

      Wow I’m sure it must have tasted way amazing than anything you can find elsewhere 😊

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