With all the brouhaha about bone broth these days, it’s time to revisit pho, that deeply savory elixir that was centuries ahead of the curve. The Twin Cities is awash in no-frills storefronts where you can slurp a decent bowl of pho for less than $10. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro in St. Paul ups the ante, serving a stellar version in stylish surroundings — with a full bar.
This fragrant bowl of earthy, spice-inflected broth is a labor of love. The restaurant uses beef bones from Thousand Hills grass-fed cows, and simmers them for more than 24 hours, to gently coax out every drop of flavor. The heady broth is ladled over rice noodles and your choice of beef, chicken, or meatballs. Sprouts, Thai basil, and jalapeno are served alongside so you can customize your pho. It is a soul-satisfying dish.
Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
799 University Ave., St. Paul