[San Francisco] Vietnamese Beef Noodles (Pho Bo) at Golden Flower in San Francisco
Tucked away in a corner street of San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, lies an unexpected find for me – a really delicious and authentic home-run Vietnamese restaurant. Newspapers and magazines articles adore the glass walls of this little eatery, but the true testimony of its popularity lies in the packed house during peak hours. Despite its humble setting and simple decor, hungry foodies (there are as many, if not more, Caucasians as there are Asians & tourists) gather here to eat authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I was in the States for almost 3 weeks (part-work, part-holiday) but on a relatively tight eating budget, so I am really glad to find good food at affordable prices (the bill comes up to about US$20 for two persons).
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Golden Flower Vietnamese Restaurant
Neighbourhood: Nob Hill, Chinatown
667 Jackson Street
(between Beckett St & Grant Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Their bowl of Pho Bo comes in a few sizes – If memory do not fail me, I think I ordered the small. The thinly sliced beef complements well with the hearty broth… but, you know what really delivers the final kick?
What really adds the extra oomph to the lovely beef noodles, is this wonderful, spicy Sriracha chilli. While we were at the restaurant, we saw them filling up the empty bottles with this chilli sauce. I subsequently bought a bottle (same packaging) at Whole Foods Markets – it tasted similar but definitely not as hot as the one in the restaurant, so I think they may have added extra heat to this chilli to make it more potent.
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