Last Friday, when I thought I might declare my vegetarianism, I decided I better go for a Pho' one last time. I couldn't go to my usual lunch spot because they recognized me the week before. For some reason that really bothered me. I always show up alone, eat the same thing...I wonder what they say about me. When the waiter brought my soup he said "oh, it's you." So I decided to skip a week and try a different place.
I showed up held up "1" finger to the host. (my index finger). Before I even sat down they asked me if I knew what I wanted. Sure thing "a small beef please." Out came the small beef and I started adding the fixings. Sprouts, basil, lime, hoisin sauce and sriracha. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I started mixing it around to break up the noodles, but then I found a funny clump of noodles. They looked...different. I picked up the clump and put it to my mouth as I tend to do with the unknown. That's right, I'm like a baby. I took note of its rubbery texture and immediately removed it from my bowl. If my suspicions were correct, I should have vomited right then and there. But I was hungry and this could be my last bowl of Pho' FOREVER.
I downed the rest of it. My lips burned due to the amount of siracha I had added and the paper cut on my lip from licking an envelope earlier. Really I should have been prepared and brought chapstick...but I was focused on getting in and getting out. I don't want to be recognized. After all, this could be my new spot. So I continued on, slurping and stirring, avoiding the funny looking noodles.
And then I got my bill, suspicions confirmed. It was beef...and tripe. So far beyond becoming a vegetarian I may have to have another regular beef to slowly bring myself back to normal.
Obviously...I'm a bit obsessed with the noodle soup at the moment. Here is a recent text conversation between Bryan and I, about Pho'.
Bryan: There is $10 in the glove box of my truck if you want to go get coffee
Me: Ooh! That's enough for a Pho'
Bryan: Whatever, just don't ph'uck up my truck while you're driving it...