Pho Bahn Cuon
Monday, June 5, 2006
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 13th arrondissement, Dining under €15, International

Every night on my way home from yoga class in Chinatown I pass dozens of Pho restaurants. But one is always full. So when Gary Lee Kraut (of Paris Revisited) asked me if I wanted to test out any restaurants last week, I suggested Pho Bahn Cuon 14 (129 ave de Choisy, 13th, M° Tolbiac).

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Not the most attractive terrace, but since it was almost warmish, we grabbed a free table and ordered the chicken Pho (small for me, €5.50, large for Gary, €6).

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This is the small Pho.

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This is the big Pho.

 They give you the plate of greens, the dish of spicy sauce and slices of lemon. "How much do I put in?" I asked. I ask this every time I have Pho. Some people say "All of it," and others say "Until it tastes the way you like it." But I have no idea how it's supposed to taste, so I just improvise. It tastes pretty good no matter what I do to it. In any case, a big meal for a small price. Not sure I'd cross town for it, but perfectly good place to catch dinner after yoga.

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You can read Gary's much funnier review (and learn about the origins of "pho") at Paris Revisited under "Explore Paris", "Food & Drink".

 

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