Light My Fire
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Grab a spoon, or fork, and enjoy a classic Vietnamese soup at Pho Nhu Vu.
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Pho Nhu Vu (1146 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, 595-2529) is devoted to pho, the classic Vietnamese beef noodle soup. It’s a perfect cold-weather dish that has a pretty devoted following.
Pho (say “fuh”) fans seek out steamy bowls, which arrive at their tables alongside an assortment of traditional side dishes of bean sprouts, fresh basil leaves, lime wedges and chilies, plus a meat topping of their choosing.
Customers pick meat toppings like thin slices of steak, brisket, meatballs, even beef tripe and tendons. In addition to pho, the menu at Pho Nhu Vu also offers a wide selection of rice and vermicelli dishes with chicken, pork, beef and shrimp.
The all-important pho beef base takes up to eight hours to make, says server Sokah Woodard, but the aromatic and delicious results are worth it, even if pho beginners aren’t quite sure how to eat it. Soup spoons, chopsticks and forks are at their arsenal.
“First-timers don’t always know what to try, so we just tell them we specialize in soup,” Woodard says. “And they usually love it.” —Matt Amis
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