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Eat a bird's nest at Pho Saigon Grill 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper

I'm sipping Pho Saigon Grill's jasmine tea ($1.95/pot) to warm my core on a frigid day, when my waitress places a beautiful bird's nest before me. Or at least that's my first association, as I inspect the tall edges of a fried egg-noodle basket filled with a colorful stir-fry: mi xao don chay ($11.95), crispy noodles with tofu and veggies. I crunch into the form, thinking back to backpacking trips where I was so hungry I crunched strands of cheap ramen raw before my water boiled to cook the rest. Though awkward to eat — the chow mein noodles' hard stringy texture preventing my fork from good purchase on soft bamboo, water chestnut, bok choy, crisp-jacketed tofu and still-toothsome carrot and broccoli — the affair rewards with an easy-digesting lightness. I'm guessing the thin, mild saucing involves the common Chinese black bean sauce, or a Vietnamese equivalent, but I run into a language barrier with staff. Regardless, sriracha, hoisin or chile paste set for pho eaters comes in handy to spice it up.

Location Details Pho Saigon Grill
3071 S. Academy Blvd.
Academy (South)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
391-0148
Vietnamese

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