Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NamNam makes us go nom nom nom

NamNam's chicken soup for the soul
LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Phò gà chicken soup at NamNam Cafe.
LEO photo by Frankie Steele.
"Hack-hack! Ker-CHOO! Cough! Snort!"

Aw, kee-rap! Mary's got a cold, and it sounds like a monster. This can't be good. Not only do I wish no ill on my dear bride, but also let's face it: When Momma's not happy, ain't nobody happy.

What to do? What to do? I know! Chicken noodle soup! Now, Louisville is sadly limited in the kosher-style deli department, and it's a good 110 miles up I-65 to the nearest reasonable facsimile, Shapiro's Delicatessen in Indianapolis. There'll be no "Jewish penicillin" for her today.

What to do? What to do? Wait, I really do know! Vietnamese penicillin will do the trick, in the form of an oversize bowl of phò gà. Er, I mean Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, natch.
Yep, phò gà will get the job done, with its steaming aromatics to get the nose running, aromatic light star-anise-scented broth and tender noodles to console the aching spirit, and some onions, bean sprouts, jalapeños and a shot of fiery red "Rooster sauce" to snap you to attention.

A big bowl of chicken-noodle phò will set you back $8.50 at the inviting little NamNam Café in St. Matthews. Yeah, you can get a whole quart of Jewish chicken noodle at Shapiro's for $9. But figure the time and fuel spent for that four-hour round trip to Indy, and you've made the case for NamNam.

Read my full review on LouisvilleHotBytes, or click to it in this week's LEO Weekly.