August 10th, 2013

Out Pho Lunch

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Let me warn you right now: this post is going to be chalk-full of puns. It’s not pho the weak of heart – so brace yourself.

In the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown lies a little gem of a restaurant, called Pho Xe Lua, which roughly translates to “Pho Train”. It’s cheap and cheerful, but serves up the best pho in town. (For those who have yet to discover the glorious deliciousness that is pho, it’s a Vietnamese broth-based rice noodle soup.)

My friends introduced me to it a few years ago, and like any good addicts, we keep coming back pho more. (Fun fact: “pho” is actually pronounced “fuh” not “foe”, but for the sake of my puns we’ll ignore this.)

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The menu is extensive, but we pretty much always order the same thing.

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#101, the beef noodle soup. (I actually get the #106, which is identical but without the tripe. I’m not a fan.) It’s a fun system: you mark down your order on the little slip of paper, and the server picks it up when you’re ready and brings you the best food in the world.

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They also give you free tea! Which is awesome for two reasons: 1) it’s free, and 2) it’s tea.

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(I spilled a good amount of tea on the table trying to get this shot. Food blogging ain’t easy, yo.)

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Tea-hee. (More puns. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

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I got the 007 to drink, which isn’t actually a vodka martini here (shaken not stirred). It’s an iced tea with condensed milk. Actual tea, not the Nestle stuff. It also happens to be delicious.

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And then the pho arrived. *Cue angels singing*

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You can enjoy it as is, or you can add in some of the complimentary condiments they give each table: lime wedges, basil, or bean sprouts.

Plus, there are the magical sauces. Wendy will demonstrate for you.

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She’s a pro.

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I added some of the magical brown sauce (no idea what it is, but it makes the broth fantastic),

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…and a wee bit o’ hot sauce.

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All done. All that’s left is to stir that up and dig right in!

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It’s so incredibly good. If you live in Toronto and haven’t yet discovered Pho Train, you should.

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It’s simply un-pho-gettable. (Last one.) xx

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