The beauty of living in Singapore as an expat is that all of the comforts of home are easily accesible. Public transport is clean, people speak English, and there is a 24 hr McDonalds delivery service (not that I ever used that...). That being said, when you want a little bit of drama and a heaping spoonful of chaos, you best hop on a plane to Vietnam.
I instantly fell in love with Saigon the first time I was there and I am pretty sure the feeling was mutual. Though my t-rex stature was always a point of interest for strangers in Asia, the Vietnamese seemed particularly intrigued by my genetic make-up and felt the need to feed me portions big enough for their entire family. I never argued. My go to was always the popular Phở Gà, complete with flavorful add-ons (mint, chilis, fish sauce).Phở comes in beef, meatball, and combo varieties but I find the chicken version is the easiest place to start.
*If ever in HCMC, grab a taxi to Phở Le, for a bowl.*
-Cook rice noodles according to instructions. Set aside.
-Heat the broth, ginger, onions, fish sauce, and sugar over the stove.
-Simmer away until onions are tender.. should be about 15 min.
-Add the shredded chicken, scallions, and rice noodles and heat through.
-Add salt if necessary.
-Serve with whatever extras you like on top!