A fun street filled with more than 40 vintage clothing, furniture and antique shops we happened upon an amazing vegan foodie find!
Although, we didn't end up with any vintage treasures we did stumble upon Number Nine and the legendarily popular "Vegan PHO".
2118 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814-1003
Before entering we studied the menu outside and then I politely asked at the counter if they had any suggestions for a vegan dish that would be oil free. The wonderfully helpful staff asked back in the kitchen and sure enough something called Vegan Pho was w/o oil as long as we subtracted the fat block... I mean tofu. We took a seat ordered some drinks and in minutes the show began!
When the PHO arrived at our table I was SHOCKED! I couldn't believe my eyes at the size of the soup bowl and all the garnishes. I quickly googled "how to eat pho" and found this helpful website. http://www.lovingpho.com/pho-corner-everything-pho/how-to-eat-pho/ (I ripped off and reworded a tiny bit everything below from them)
The garnish plate contained bean sprouts, Thai basil, sliced chili and lime wedges. Along with an amazing hoisin sauce and hot chili sauce.
- Bean sprouts are put in raw for the crunchy factor. Add a little at a time to maintain the crunchiness as you eat.
- Add the peppers to achieve your desired level of hotness (we fight over them).
- Lime juice adds tartness to the broth.
- The basil leaves are stripped from the stems and can be shredded to bits by hand before they are placed in the bowl. For the best aroma and taste, don’t drop them all in at the same time in the beginning. Tear the leaves in smaller pieces, and add them as you go to maintain freshest and uncooked flavor.