Three addresses where you can try Tonkin soup

Three addresses where you can try Tonkin soup

Tonkin soup is said to have originated in Naman province, about a hundred kilometers from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It will be inspired by the famous pot-au-fei of French cuisine.

The secret of this recipe is in the mixture of spices that make up its broth. This includes, in particular, beef broth with knuckle and bone marrow, cooked over low heat for at least six hours, with the addition of flavors such as cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom, cloves, star anise and fried onions.

The recipe differs from region to region: in the north of Vietnam, the broth is the most important element, while in the south, the garnish. This soup can also be served for lunch or dinner as well as dinner and is the emblem of Vietnamese street food as it can be found on every corner.

A little advice on how to order it correctly the next time you visit a Vietnamese restaurant, contrary to popular belief, “pho” is pronounced “fire-hoo” and not like “pho”.

Pho Ngon – 3205, blvd. Cremasi E., Montreal

My Vietnamese restaurant tour starts from Pho Ngon, located on Crémazie Est Boulevard, the day after a heavy snowstorm. Winter conditions are far from dampening the enthusiasm of customers, as evidenced by the filled parking lot and the queue outside the store. However, the service is very fast. Between the acceptance of the order and the serving of snacks and soups does not pass even five minutes, despite the full restaurant.

I order the first shrimp burgers which are good but not the best I’ve had.

On the other hand, there is no disappointment on the pho side. The broth is really delicious. It is too meaty for my taste, but nothing prevents me from enjoying the soup. Portions of noodles, meat and onions are very generous.

Offered in small, large and extra large sizes, the soup will be the cheapest of the three I’ll be testing this week. For the big one it only cost me $10.50 which is great value for money.

A small problem with payment: only cash is accepted. Therefore, like me, you will have to withdraw a few dollars from a small ATM on site in order to be able to pay the bill if you only have cards.

Despite this slight inconvenience, this restaurant is a great discovery and I will definitely be back!

My verdict: 8/10

Fo MC Brossard – 8200, blvd. Tachereau, No. 1270, Brossard

Brossard’s direction for my soup. Apparently, if there is anything to test on the outskirts of Montreal, then this one. This restaurant has already been recommended to me and looking at the various reviews online – there is nothing below 4 out of 5 – I have confirmation that I must go and see.

I wait about five minutes in line before I can get in. Once I sat down in a busy restaurant, I noticed that the menu is very varied (we offer, in particular, bubble tea (bubble tea), which, in my opinion, is always a plus).

There are only two soup size options here: large or extra large. I choose a large rare beef soup that costs me $13. I also order the pork starter and shrimp spring rolls. They are really delicious, as is the peanut sauce that accompanies them.

Again, the service is very fast. Not long after, Tonkin soup arrives and I’m enchanted from the first spoonful. The broth is full of flavor. It can be seen that the cook has a recipe with the addition of several spices to obtain such a delicious broth. In addition, the soup is well stocked: the amount of meat and noodles is very large.

Even when the broth cools down a bit, it will remain juicy. It’s truly heartbreaking. I even wonder if this is the best Tonkin soup I’ve ever had…

This restaurant is more modern than others I have visited; You can pay by card without any problems!

My verdict: 9.5/10

Fo Bang New York – 1001 Blvd. Saint Laurent, Montreal

Last stop: Montreal’s Chinatown. I really wanted to visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants located here and obviously Pho Bang New York is a must. Wednesday afternoons are also crowded.

This is the second time I have eaten at this restaurant. I was there a few months ago and the visit was quite pleasant and delicious.

My boyfriend and I eat spring rolls and beef rolls as a snack. Nothing particularly impressive on our plates. I would even say that beef rolls are a bit dry, I would do without them.

As soon as the buns started, we get our soups. My rare beef soup came in three sizes: small, large, and extra large. I take the big one, which costs me $13.

At first glance, everything is good and well-equipped. A large amount (perhaps even too much) of fresh herbs is placed on top of the soup. It is less oily than others. All ingredients are present in large quantities. On the other hand, from the first spoonful of broth, I notice that it is not very tasty. This is disappointing because it was much better during my first visit. I share my opinion with my friend who tells me that his soup is frankly not exceptional either.

We leave the place not without disappointment. Maybe it was a bad day? But you expect consistency when you go to a restaurant more than once.

Again, the restaurant only accepts cash. This time, that’s what I planned.

My verdict: 4/10

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