Those who have followed my blog and/or instagram for a while might have picked up on the fact that I am a huge fan of pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup that is my go-to comfort food come winter weather or rainy day.
Orlando has a unique neighborhood called Little Vietnam where pho restaurants abound, but for my recent pho excursion, I decided to head north of town to Lake Mary instead of the heart of the city. On a particularly dreary day, I decided there was no better time or place to check out iPho Noodle House, a restaurant that's been on my "to eat" list for a while.
While I have had luck so far, finding gluten-free pho at every restaurant I have tried, what convinced me to give iPho a try was that that gluten-free indicators were assigned on the menu, giving me comfort knowing that iPho did some groundwork to at least become aware enough to mark which options are gluten-free friendly. As it happens, the only gluten-free options on the menu are the ipho (broth, rice noodles, and meat of your choice), or the special deluxe noodle soup (shrimp, squid, pork, rice noodles, and broth), but these two delicious options are enough for me.
Deciding to venture out during the lunch hour on a rainy, gray day, the restaurant was full, but not claustrophobic. The wait staff were attentive, serving all customers and made sure to check on us every few minutes. Again clarifying my dietary needs, I ordered my go-to pho ga, choosing chicken as my meat. The soups come in three sizes: small, large, and super size. I ordered a large.
When it arrived soon after, I was enthralled with the large serving of soup presented to me. The large serving can easily make two meals, or can stand alone for the very hungry. The sea of broth was filled with rice noodles, scallions, cilantro, chicken, and shaved onions. A separate plate with jalapenos, bean sprouts, Thai basil, and limes was also given to add additional ingredients.
The broth was seasoned to a delicious perfection, and was oh, so comforting on the miserable day. The assortment of herbs and veggies included were fresh and flavorful, and worked in unison to maximize flavor. Standing out was the shaved onions, which added a extra element that I have not encountered at other restaurants. Submerged at the bottom of the broth is a delicious abundance of rice noodles. The slices of chicken were ample, and were tender.
iPho is definitely a worth a drive, and ranks among one of my favorite pho spots in Orlando. For those who live north of town or want to avoid downtown traffic, iPho is definitely the way to go. The price for the amount of food given cannot be beat, and the healthy, comforting food is as good for you as it is delicious. I know I'll be back again, and look forward to enjoying my next delicious bowl.