Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Vietnam, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Vietnamese creations with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $014 worth of Vietnamese cuisine at Song Ngu in Milpitas.
Song Ngu's staff help diners select the most savory variations of pho and soups from a robust menu of traditionally prepared Vietnamese comfort food presented with a modern sensibility. Diners can begin off their gastronomic trek across Southeast Asia with an order of two spring rolls stuffed with a surf-turf mix of pork, prawns, lettuce, and refreshing mint sprigs ($4.25). The kitchen prepares fragrant bowls of pho ($6.50 for a small, $7.25 for a large) packed with savory steak, tendon, or other meats that work in concert, showcasing their proficient noodling and beefy hooks. Chicken-infused pho ga provides a lighter alternative to pho tai with rare steak, and pho chin nam gau gan ve don—with brisket, flanks, and tendons—can satisfy the most demanding appetite.
Herbivorous diners can quell their leaf cravings with any of several vegetarian options, such as the pho chay ($7.50), a meatless mélange of vegetables, mushroom broth, and tofu. Further bowl-based offerings include noodle soups soaked in meaty broth and packed with glass, rice, or egg noodles ($6.50–$8 each).