I had eaten many times at pho Cali in Wilmington and so my expectations were (apparently) pretty high. That restaurant fills their chicken pho with great chunks of normal looking chicken, a delicate bundle of noodles that cooks and grows as you eat, in addition to large pieces of carrot, broccoli, and onions. This restaurant uses slices of chicken that are all uniformly flat, and noodles and small bits of green onion and cilantro... And that's it! If there were any other vegetables used in the cooking process of this soup it is strikingly absent at presentation time. The flavor was decent but I just could not get past the wide contrast between restaurants. Also when I ate there only one other table of diners were in the restaurant, whereas pho Cali seems to get more and more crowded each time I return. So although I had hoped this restaurant would give me a closer "fix" for my pho cravings, I will happily drive the extra distance to continue to enjoy the pho that makes my tummy happy and my heart sing!
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