Monday, July 12, 2010

Pho Pasteur

Pho Pasteur - 85 Baxter Street (Bayard and Walker) (Vietnamese)
Walk along Baxter Street, and you'll pass by a string of restaurants...offering Pho, Goi Cuon, and many more staples of Vietnamese cuisine. Nestled in the middle is a small, modest joint - just one of many, marked only by a plain white sign, hanging over an undistinguished storefront. Small and plainly decorated, Pho (New) Pasteur isn't much to look at. The tables are clean, and the prices are modest...and the Kho is fantastic....a deep, carmelized soup of veggies, spices, tofu, meats and/or seafood....poured over white rice, with a salty-sweet, complex flavor. Positive reviews on menupages overflow...calling Pho Pasteur "Best on the Block" and "The One and Only". Based on the Kho, I'd have to agree, and have vowed to return, and sample the myriad other Vietnamese staples that they offer, from Canh (soups) to the many Che desserts. Wow. I've got Sau Voi, Saigon Banh Mi, and now Pho Pasteur. My Vietnamese trilogy is complete!

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