Bubble Tea and Pho
Prior to this afternoon, I had never tasted Vietnamese food before. So when a friend suggested that we try a Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate her birthday, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to try bubble tea, the mysterious drink I’d heard so much about, and pho, the hot Vietnamese rice noodle soup.
I tried to take a few pictures so that I could share the experience here.
The food was wonderful. I loved the coconut-flavored bubble tea that I chose. It was a smoothie-type variation of the drink, sans tea, and it was very hard for me to choose a flavor because there were so many tasty options on the menu: almond, banana, mango, strawberry, watermelon, even taro! I almost chose the taro, but decided that coconut was a safer bet. The restaurant included a generous amount of the tapioca pearls that make bubble tea so unique, and even added a bit of lychee jelly to my cup for me to sample, free of charge. Bubble tea can also be made with black tea, green tea, or coffee — which I may try next time.
The pho surprised me. I did not think I would like it, but it was more flavorful than I anticipated. The broth was much richer than it appeared, and dare I say it, more appetizing and savory than chicken broth?
I chose a pho with a taste of all the meats the restaurant serves, including: beef, tripe, and tendon, to name a few. I especially enjoyed the mix-ins: fresh cilantro and basil leaves, lime wedges, jalapeño pepper slices, and bean sprouts. I finished topping my bowl with a swirl of Sriracha or hot, red chili sauce.
I can’t wait to go back for another bubble tea, with actual tea next time!