What are you eating?
I always get the Pho Tai, with the thinly sliced raw beef that’s just dropped in the hot soup. You can get big or small—small is good enough for me. And for an appetizer—especially if you’re two people—the two rice paper spring rolls and two fried egg rolls. The combination of the rolls and the soup does the trick.
Did you ever try pho with tripe (omosa)?
[Vigorously shaking head.] No! The texture is not for me.
Is this your favorite place for pho? It’s quite a hike to get out here.
Yes, but I also like Lilly’s Café on Magazine Street, in New Orleans proper. Their meat is the most tender.
Martin Krusche leads Magnetic Ear, whose latest album, Live at Vaughan’s, can be found at the Louisiana Music Factory.