Why I Can’t Fit in My Pants Wednesday: Pho Lucky, Detroit

January 27, 2016

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I’m starting a new series on this blog because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my five billion years of running this blog, it’s that I REALLY like starting new blog series. Continuing those blog series is a completely different matter. But starting a new series is AWESOME. Anyway, this new series is called “Why I Can’t Fit in My Pants Wednesday,” which means every Wednesday (or so) I’ll be talking about different food or drinks I’ve been enjoying.

I don’t know, you guys, this series might actually have a chance at survival. I mean, instead of it requiring I do something tricky like offer advice or face my fears, it just requires my eating stuff and talking about it. And I’m SO GOOD at eating stuff and talking about it. 

Do you have a comfort food that you’re like, “What? Huh? How is that comforting to me? I never even eat it?”

Pho is that food for me.

Pronounced “fuhh.” Or “foeh.” Or “ffff…err, bring me this one, please?” (Pointing at number on menu.), pho is Vietnamese soup, consisting of broth, rice noodles, and a whole bunch of meaty bits (or non-meaty bits if that’s the way you roll). Served with a pile of herbs, leaves, sprouts, lime slices, peppers, twigs and other assorted nature on the side.

I find myself craving the stuff, CRAVING IT, every single time it’s rainy and blustery out.

I don’t know why, maybe it just reminds me of those rainy blustery days I spent in Hanoi.

Oh wait, that wasn’t me.

To be honest, I don’t think I even went to my first Vietnamese restaurant until I was 30. In fact, I’ve lived most of my life in places where Vietnamese restaurants were not really a thing. The town where I currently live has more Chinese buffets than you can shake a chopstick at, a handful of Thai restaurants, a Malaysian restaurant, a couple of those Japanese places where the chefs do the funny stuff with their knives and spatulas that they never really did in Japan. But not a single Vietnamese place. So every time it’s rainy and blustery out, I’m left feeling yearny and soup-sick for a soup I barely know.

When I saw Pho Lucky on my drive to the Detroit Institute of Arts during my recent trip to Detroit, I was like, “WE ARE EATING THERE FOR LUNCH. DON’T EVEN TRY TO ARGUE OTHERWISE.” (By the way, I was traveling alone. This is just how I talk to myself.)

It helped that it was rainy and blustery and one of those days that just screamed for a big huge bowl of broth and noodles and meaty bits.

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Oh, and also leaves and twigs. Lots of leaves and twigs.

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The next thing I knew it was just me and a big bowl of empty broth.

As empty as my soul on the rainy, blustery days when I can’t get any pho.

Or fuhhh.

Or “Please, more of this please.”

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What food makes you feel homesick for a home you never knew? (I know. That line was super cheesy, but just give it to me, okay?)



I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On January 27, 2016 at 7:55 am zoe said:

    I have a theory that Vietnamese-style soup is actually magical, based on the fact that I’ve eaten it on gloomy winter days and thought “this is the most warming, cheering thing I’ve ever eaten” and I’ve eaten almost exactly the same soup on a hot summer’s day and thought “this is so refreshing”.
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  2. On January 27, 2016 at 10:10 am mandy said:

    Oh I love Pho Lucky SO much. Sounds like we have the same pho trigger; as soon as cool weather hits I want it all the time!

    I haven’t been to the midtown location but get carry out from Redford at least once a month. It’s the only time I eat red meat; I love the rare steak that cooks perfectly in the hot broth, it’s magical. Their spring and summer rolls are also delicious.

  3. On January 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm JessieV said:

    pho is magic, for sure. let’s go to that new VN place in mattawan – sent you the link on fb!

  4. On January 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm momtheobscure said:

    I love Pho, unfortunately there are only 2 not so good place that I know of i my area to get it. Love the new series, hope it continues. I can never stick to a consistent schedule myself.

  5. On January 27, 2016 at 10:29 pm Hannah @GettingStamped said:

    I love love love Pho! I would travel to Vietnam just to eat, no joke
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    • On January 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm Sally said:

      I did that once. (No joke.) Seriously, I spent the entire week that I was in Vietnam eating. Partly because I was helping a friend beta-test her street food tours. And partly because FOOD.

  6. On January 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm Linda Bergstrom said:

    AHHHHHH. Pho! I agree Perfect comfort food. I can’t believe you can’t get it in your town. Such a great business opportunity, people from Vietnam!

    • On January 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm Sally said:

      I know, right??? I should just start contacting Vietnamese people and offering to host them in my apartment if they agree to open a pho restaurant here. Preferably in my living room, so I don’t even have to change out of my pajamas to get my pho!


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