I LOVE Pho Soup. It’s my happy food. So, if ever you want to show how much you love me, just bring me to a pho restaurant and we will become besties.
However, eating out can get very expensive, even for pho soup. My 2 favorite places are Pho Bac Oriental Cuisine (aka Pho bac a la as the owner says on the phone) 873 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R6, and New Mee Fung Restaurant at 350 Booth St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7K1.
I like these 2 because they have spicy soups and not like the ones that just add chilly sauce. There is something different in them. One has tomatoes, and the other one is a satay thick sauce…mmmmm. I’m drooling just thinking about it. The spring rolls at Pho Bac for me a way better than anywhere else because they stuff them with both pork and whol shrimp and they are HUGE.
However, if you’re looking to save money but still enjoy pho soup, here’s what to do. Go to Produce Depot and look for a pho soup package $4. The one I go to off Bank and Hunt Club has them hanging beside the butcher station
Next you’ll need to buy beef or chicken fondu meat or what ever meat you have in the freezer, but it needs to be thin. It’s $6 for chicken at this store. I already had some from a thai beef dish that I made a month before, so $0.00 for the meat.
Bean sprouts $1 for big bag, but I always waste it
Vietnamese noodles $2, but instead I used spaghetti noodles I had at home and they taste just as good ($0.00)
Cilantro….mmmm, I love this stuff and I know I will be able to use it in salads and rice rolls. $2
All of this cost me $9.00 and….the man wanted seconds. So, it must have been good. I know I was happy with it, but now I need to figure out what to do with basil before it goes bad. I don’t want to use it for spaghetti, so if you have any ideas, I would love to read them in the comments below.