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.
We 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!
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)