Nestled inside the enormity of Nam Ham Oriental Food Market, Pho Ni ("sounds like 'funny.'" a waiter told us, laughing) offers an extensive menu of Vietnamese dishes. The various noodle bowls—and, of course, the pho, which comes in different serving sizes, depending on your appetite—are must-try items. The Banh Mi is also delicious, and the Vietnamese coffee is a perfect ending to any meal.
Pho Nhi’s broth is loaded with meat and noodles—so much so that it’s hard to reach the bottom of the bowl. The Pho Dac Biet, or “The Special,” packs plenty of meat; use your chopsticks and soup spoon to wade through the mass of flank, brisket, tendon and tripe that hovers around the top to hit the pile of noodles at the bottom.
While the tendon was a bit chewy, the savory flank made up for it. The spices take a backseat to the full, meaty flavors in the broth. You can also use the fish sauce on the table to adjust the flavor to your liking.
Noteworthy tidbits: The smallest size is plenty at Pho Nhi, especially if you order the summer rolls, which are near-bursting with pork and shrimp. Fans of Vietnamese coffee will want to give Pho Nhi’s a sip. Walk off your meal by browsing the stacks at Nam Hai, the Asian market Pho Nhi calls home.