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Jan 29, 2015 01:15PM ● Published by Style

Chicken Noodle Pho – Photos by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Gallery: Pho ABC – Dine – Feb. 2015 [8 Images] Click any image to expand.

I recently took two all-American eaters (my parents) out for pho (pronounced “fuh”)—the unassuming Vietnamese soup that’s incredibly simple and absolutely tasty—at Pho ABC, a fun little joint tucked into a strip of shops off East Bidwell Street.

Pretty much all pho involves rice noodles and some sort of meat or meat substitute, but the star of the show is the broth. Every good bowl starts with a stock that’s clean, flavorful and imminently slurpable. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact spice combination, but you can pretty much assume that there will be ginger, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and cardamom. Pho ABC’s broth tasted of all the aforementioned flavors and was spot on.

They offered a solid lineup of pho variations, but to compromise with the traditionalist taste buds of my dining companions, we went with a chicken noodle pho, a Vietnamese riff on the quintessentially American chicken noodle soup. The table went wild; everyone loved it.

An order of pho typically comes with a side dish of fresh Thai basil, crunchy bean sprouts, jalapeño peppers and slices of lime. You can use these ingredients and a few assorted sauces (sriracha for some heat and hoisin for a touch of sweet and salty) to customize the dish to your palate. Experiment, try different combinations and have fun!

While the soup has become the most recognized Vietnamese dish for Americans, it represents only a small part of the cuisine…and of the items offered at Pho ABC. We also ordered char chicken with rice noodles (#50), which featured perfectly grilled meat and a tangy sweet and sour sauce. Next up were the shaken beef cubes (#86) with onions and bell peppers, but for some creamy, cool deliciousness—and to mellow out some of the heat—I recommend ordering one of the smoothies (with flavors like honeydew, avocado and pineapple, it’s hard to resist!).

My parents ended up incredibly pleased with their meal, and now two more foodies have joined the swelling ranks of pho fans around the world. Maybe you’re next…if you’re not one already!
Pho ABC, 602 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-817-8588,

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