CHEF JOE :: Reporting on Vietnamese Beer – In London!

by admin on August 7, 2012

Many years ago, I took Editor Harvey Gold on his first excursion to a Vietnamese restaurant. The restaurant manager, a tall Vietnamese man with stern countenance and military bearing, answered our every question regarding the suitability of a particular dish with the command “Have the Pho”!  So we ordered the Pho. After placing our order, we decided to nickname the man “The Colonel” and decided that he must have been a former pilot in the South Vietnamese Air Force. But I digress.
Fast forward a couple of decades and I found myself in a Vietnamese restaurant located on Great Titchfield Street near Oxford Circus in the West End of London named “Pho”.  Naturally, I ordered the Pho.  More specifically, I ordered no 20 – Pho Tai Bo Vien.
For those of you who wish to try, it is a delicious bowl of rice noodles in a hearty beef broth with slices of beef and beef meatballs. It is served with a plate of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, a piece of lime and some sliced chillies. Squeeze the lime into the broth, tear the leaves of the fresh herbs from the stems and then tip the leaves, the bean sprouts and the chillies (if you want extra kick) into the bowl. Stir it up and enjoy!
This delectable lunch was washed down by a Hue Beer export from central Vietnam. A French style lager with a crisp and refreshing taste and a clean finish. At 5% the beer had some body and none of the gassiness that I deplore in many lagers.  It paired excellently with the Pho.
The menu also lists Halida Beer from northern Vietnam, Saigon Beer from southern Vietnam and Beer Lao from Laos.  I intend to return and sample them all as the food there was the tastiest Vietnamese food I have enjoyed in quite a while. The prices are quite reasonable especially by London standards.
Tạm biệt cho bây giờ

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