The wife and my grandson and his parents had lunch on a busy Saturday at Phở Saigon Pasteur Vietnamese Noodle Shop. Great name, huh? It's a small place, with seating for a maximum of 44 diners at a time.
I've come to enjoy phở (pronounced "pha," according to my bilingual daughter-in-law), the Vietnam equivalent of the Japanese ramen, and the Chinese saimin. Except phở soup has linguine-shaped rice noodles instead of wheat.
I had a big bowl of Phở Beef & Well-Done Brisket Noodle Soup (Phở Tài Chin) and a delicious, cold glass of creamy orange Thai Iced Tea (Trà Thái).
The phở broth was so darned comforting, heating up my innards as it flowed its way down my gullet to my tummy. It sent me into a dreamy relaxed state, where ambient sound diminished and the world became copacetic. Plus, they gave us fresh Asian basil, crunchy raw bean sprouts, and sliced jalapeño peppers that can add spicy heat to the soup.
I would have ordered a more substantial meal involving more items in my phở, but the wife had made herself and me breakfast a couple of hours earlier, bless her heart, and we weren't that hungry.
Pho Saigon Pasteur Vietnamese Noodle Shop: 43460 Grimmer Blvd. Phone: (510) 249-9902.