When I lived in Seattle, one of my favorite things was pho. It’s a simple, Vietnamese noodle soup. There was a place near my office where we would go to probably once a month if not once every two weeks. It’s one of those things that just hits the spot. In fact, it’s probably still my dad’s favorite thing that he had in all the times he visited. But, since moving to Cleveland, I’ve been Pho-less. That was until Ashley decided that pho sounded like the perfect thing to have for her simple birthday dinner, and she directed us to Superior Pho.
When it comes to Pho, it’s hard to do poorly, but it’s hard to do it amazing as well. Make a good broth, make sure the meat is thinly sliced, and bring the condiments. And that’s just what Superior Pho had. The broth was hearty, a little salty, but otherwise simple. The noodle to broth ratio was just right, and the meat was just right. My only complaint was that they brought the siracha and hoisin in a little dish which wasn’t nearly enough for how I like to fix up my pho.
With the pho being pretty good, but standard at a lot of places, it’s the appetizers and other dishes where a Vietnamese place can thrive. And with the chicken cabbage salad, Superior Pho did just that. It was sweet with a hint of sesame. There was a crunch from the peanuts and a crispness from the cabbage in each bite. It was the type of dish that is gone before you know it, and has you looking forward to the next time you can get it.