When it comes to pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup is set apart by the quality of the broth; it’s the base that brings all of the other ingredients together. Pho Ong 8 goes well beyond the standard, putting in copious amounts of red onion, scallion and black pepper. The aroma is redolent with star anise and clove. It’s one of a handful of pho places where I don’t feel compelled to throw in handfuls of bean sprouts, chiles, fish sauce and Sriracha.
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