Review: Mama Pho

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A steaming hot bowl of soup isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind on a hot summer’s day–but maybe it should be. Especially when that brothy goodness is stocked full of fresh herbs, protein and citrus. That’s right, I’m talking about Pho.

Usually when I’m getting Pho, I opt for Pho Bang–my favorite Vietnamese spot, located on the border of Nolita and Chinatown. However, when I found myself instead on the border of East Williamsburg and Bushwick, I made my way over to another little joint boasting big flavors.

The menu is small, but promising, covering all of the bases one might expect: Pho, Bun, appetizers, and Bahn Mi. I opted for a big, old bowl of Chicken Pho. In general, I tend to go for Pho that comes with eye-round beef–which comes cut thin, and raw, and cooks in the hot broth of the soup. But, something about the chicken called to me; it seemed comforting.

Turns out I made the right choice–I was pleasantly surprised with how chalked full of yumminess it was. The chicken itself was tender and bursting with dynamic flavors, the broth was full and balanced, and there was a hearty amount of basil, cilantro and lime!

I sat, dripping sweat from the heat and the soup combined, and stuffed my face full! Next time you’re in the area, check out Mama Pho (located off the Grand Street L train).

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