We say we want simplicity in life but we often end up choosing the drama. Thankfully, with food, it is easier to find the less complicated option; you just need to know where to go.
Pho (pronounced fer), or Vietnamese beef noodle, is a favourite of mine at Vietnam Kitchen. There is just something about this simple soupy noodles that has me coming back for more.
The beef noodle soup comes with thinly sliced meat, beef balls and tripe (you can say no to the tripe). I went for the set (RM18.95) and ordered a side of fresh rice rolls with beef (RM6.90) to share. The three rolls, that came with a separate dipping sauce, were delicately wrapped with the beef held snugly inside.
My chopsticks were poised over the hot bowl and, with my other hand, I poured in the plate of bean sprouts and sprigs of basil leaves. I had just enough patience to wait for the veggies to get warm before I started eating.
The noodles (hor fun) were delicious after they had soaked up the clear and aromatic beef broth. The slices of beef were just cooked through, losing none of their flavour. The meatballs added bite and the whole bowl came together as one delicious and satisfying meal. I didn’t touch the cut chillies or the dipping sauces for fear that these would mar the taste of my beef noodles.
I only remembered that the set came with a fried spring roll and pickled cabbage when I had finished. I munched on the former and left the pickles.
I had worked up a sweat when I was done. To cool off, I sipped on a glass of iced Vietnamese drip coffee (RM7.30) that had a good balance of bitterness and creamy sweetness from the condensed milk.
Sitting back and smacking my lips, I realised how great simplicity feels.
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