Soup is like the grandmother of meals: warm, comforting, and enjoyable with or without teeth. Partake of traditional comfort fare with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Vietnamese fare at What the Pho!, valid at their three locations in Bellevue, Bothell, and Tukwila.
Applying the culinary secrets bequeathed by their native Vietnamese parents, What the Pho!'s broth buffs steam up a mouthwatering menu of Vietnamese noodle soups alongside traditional appetizers, entrees, and authentic drinks. A Vietnamese staple, pho soups merge translucent rice noodles and bean sprouts within a steaming, savory broth seasoned with jalapeño slices, lime juice, and basil leaves. Though vegetarian options are available, What the Pho! simmers their traditional broths for twelve hours with fresh beef bones and authentic herbs to impart powerful flavors before mingling them with tasty ingredients, such as the emotionally supportive eye round steak and brisket in the pho tai chin ($7.50 for a small, $8.50 for a large). Squid, sea scallops, and black tiger prawns stalk the noodly jungle of the pho do bien ($9.75); the pho rau cai mingles fried tofu with a variety of veggies in vegetarian broth upon request ($7.50 for a small, $8.50 for a large).
The menu's mélange of spring rolls, tempting stir-fry dishes, and traditional grilled meats show that, unlike soup and needy body pillows, not everything demands to be spooned. Authentic beverages complement the traditional tastes, with Vietnamese coffee ($2.75), bubble teas ($3.50), and a selection of soda and fresh juices standing guard to each ambrosial bowl.