Earlier this year, I was feeling a bit under the weather so was in the mood for some pho after work.
Located in the Rittenhouse area, Bangkok Thai 9 seemed to fit the bill.
So I stopped by to pick up some pad thai for the GF and pho for me!
Chicken Pad Thai ($11.95)
Thin rice noodles, chicken, egg, bean sprout, sliced bean curd, crushed peanuts, scallion, tamarind
The pad thai was filled with chicken, tofu, bean sprouts, peanuts, and scallion. Gluttonous flat noodles were coated with a sweet and savory sauce that coated the mouth nicely, with nuggets of egg throughout. Still this was simply good, not great.
Beef Pho ($9.95)
The beef pho was just what I was looking for - though I've had better. Still, you could see the umami of the stock that goes into this dish. Since this was takeout, the noodles, bean sprouts, and greens were packaged separately, which I appreciated.
Mixed together, this was a decent iteration of pho. You could smell the cinnamon and savory sweetness off the bat. While the beef was a bit thick and overcooked, the entirety of the dish was well-seasoned, with the cilantro providing herbaceousness. The mix of fresh veggies and al dente noodles along with the great stock helped to clear any congestion. A few squirts of sriracha added in? Even better!
So if you're far from Chinatown and need a quick hit of Thai food or pho, stop by Bangkok Thai - they serve up decent renditions.