Monday is Pho day


Cafe – takeaway: Chao, Whitecross Street, London.

A steaming brisket of beef pho, brimming with tons of beef, noodles, beansprouts, spring onions, coriander and what looks like thinly sliced white onion. That’s enough to wipe away the Monday blues!

This pho comes with a little parcel of condiments, including fresh chilli, mint and lemon, so you can dress it to taste. I also have the pot of hoisin sauce and use it as a dipping sauce for the beef and noodles.

As ever with the soups from Chao, the broth is delicate and flavoursome, literally a pot of goodness. There are lots of ingredients and this is filling enough to have for lunch during a working day and not need to be snacking again by mid-afternoon.

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Words and pictures: @madgie