Cafe – takeaway: Chao, Whitecross Street, London.
I just ate a beautifully lovely spicy hot soup from Chao on Whitecross Street in London’s Old Street area. You will see that I will review quite a few soups from this cafe. It’s a small Vietnamese cafe that is always packed at lunchtime and there is a reason why, they serve damn good food.
The soup I chose today was the Spicy Chargrilled Chicken Hue, Hue being the soup with a spicy broth from the Imperial city of the same name. Deep in the pot there are lots of vermicelli rice noodles instead of the flat rice noodles in a Pho. The soup is packed with yummy grilled chicken meat that has a smoky barbecue flavour. Then before they pour the Pho broth in you get a couple of small spoons of the spicy chilli oil. Once mixed together it does pack a punch that will take your breath away at first. However, an inch down the big pot and you’re used to it and are thinking about adding more chillies just to keep that spicy hit going.
I ate all of it, the lot. Absolutely yummy. This is my kind of food.
Words and pictures: @madgie