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    Post #1 - April 21st, 2019, 7:58 pm
    Post #1 - April 21st, 2019, 7:58 pm Post #1 - April 21st, 2019, 7:58 pm
    Pho 5 Lua is a long time favorite predating the omnipresent Steve Dolinsky's pick for best Pho in Chicagoland. Clean, quick, great value, near my house and most importantly delicious. Pho 5 Lua is a regular in my rotation and, along with Nha Hang, my favorite Vietnamese in Chicago.

    Pho* and Bun Bo Hue are mainstays, along with plump Goi Cuon, though I go through streaks where I wander. For a while it was bone in chicken salad with ungestated eggs and lately its #58 stir fried chow fun with nicely charred veg and a combo of shrimp/beef/chicken.** Vietnamese plate lunches are solid, though a rare order for me and fried rice seems popular.

    Pho5Lua3.jpg 5 Lua Bone-in Chicken Salad

    Pho5Lua44.jpg 5 Lua Stir Fried Chow Fun, no baby corn

    Pho5Lua6.jpg 5 Lua Pho, bone-in Chicken


    Pho 5 Lua, Count me a Fan!

    *My typical pho order at 5 Lua is a combo of meatball/tendon with egg noodle sub but the bone in chicken pho, also with ungestated eggs, is terrific.
    **As they included the dreaded baby corn in the #58 I always ask for it to be left out. Baby corn scares me to death.


    Pho Nam Lua (aka 5 Lua)
    6261 McCormick Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60659

    Nha Hang
    1032 W Argyle St
    Chicago, IL 60640
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - April 22nd, 2019, 7:00 am
    Post #2 - April 22nd, 2019, 7:00 am Post #2 - April 22nd, 2019, 7:00 am
    Gary-- Perhaps, if you thought of it as ungestated corn, you might find a new tasty treat?
  • Post #3 - April 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am
    Post #3 - April 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am Post #3 - April 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am
    G Wiv wrote:**As they included the dreaded baby corn in the #58 I always ask for it to be left out. Baby corn scares me to death.


    I'm glad it's not just me! I always pick them out and refuse to eat them.
  • Post #4 - May 5th, 2019, 9:03 am
    Post #4 - May 5th, 2019, 9:03 am Post #4 - May 5th, 2019, 9:03 am
    This is Mi Ga Xe Sate - Shredded Chicken with Egg Noodle Spicy Soup -28. Not as spicy as the Bun Bo Hue, but still with a bit of a kick. Very tasty. The entire surface of the soup was covered with chopped (lightly fried?) garlic. Included 1 chicken egg yolk and 2 quail egg yolks. I will order this again and it certainly is worth considering in the event of an impending cold or flu.

    We also had Ca Long Ta Rang Muoi - Salt and pepper fried smelt - 73. Rather small smelt with not much salt and pepper spicing. This did, however, come covered with the same chopped garlic that was in the chicken soup. The effect was like eating explosively crunchy garlic fries. This was different than we expected when ordered, but still enjoyable.

    Image
    Mi Ga Xe Sate
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #5 - May 5th, 2019, 9:18 am
    Post #5 - May 5th, 2019, 9:18 am Post #5 - May 5th, 2019, 9:18 am
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    Flaky mung bean pastry from Simple Delights, across the parking lot.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #6 - May 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm
    Post #6 - May 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm Post #6 - May 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm
    bw77 wrote:This is Mi Ga Xe Sate - Shredded Chicken with Egg Noodle Spicy Soup -28. Not as spicy as the Bun Bo Hue, but still with a bit of a kick. Very tasty.

    I see Mi Ga Xe Sate in my near future, thanks for posting!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - May 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm
    Post #7 - May 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm Post #7 - May 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm
    bw77 wrote:This is Mi Ga Xe Sate - Shredded Chicken with Egg Noodle Spicy Soup -28. Not as spicy as the Bun Bo Hue, but still with a bit of a kick.
    I used to live just west of both Pho Lua and Hoanh Long. I've had takeout from each probably 15-20 times.

    Ironic given their names, but I would order pho from HL, with Bahn Xeo b/c PL doesn't offer the dish. But at PL, Mi Ga Xe Sate was my absolute go-to, usually w/ their spicy chicken wings (I like their quail too). Nice part of the Mi Ga Xe Sate is that the egg noodles are just plain better than the rice noodles of pho. But the broth is what makes the dish.
  • Post #8 - May 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
    Post #8 - May 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm Post #8 - May 5th, 2019, 3:46 pm
    May not be for everyone, but I enjoyed all the garlic.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #9 - May 6th, 2019, 2:00 am
    Post #9 - May 6th, 2019, 2:00 am Post #9 - May 6th, 2019, 2:00 am
    bweiny wrote: Nice part of the Mi Ga Xe Sate is that the egg noodles are just plain better than the rice noodles of pho.
    When I order pho I sub egg noodle for rice noodle about 80% of the time.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #10 - May 7th, 2019, 7:51 am
    Post #10 - May 7th, 2019, 7:51 am Post #10 - May 7th, 2019, 7:51 am
    This may be of interest if, like me, you were not familiar with Sate:
    glebekitchen.com/2018/01/14/vietnamese-sate-sauce/
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #11 - May 9th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    Post #11 - May 9th, 2019, 3:28 pm Post #11 - May 9th, 2019, 3:28 pm
    bw77 wrote:This is Mi Ga Xe Sate - Shredded Chicken with Egg Noodle Spicy Soup -28. Not as spicy as the Bun Bo Hue, but still with a bit of a kick. Very tasty.

    When ordering I remembered #28 which was terrific and seems to be what you picture though #27 at Pho 5 Lua, at least on the menu I looked at, is Mi Ga Xe Sate (shredded chicken w/egg noodle spicy soup) and #28 is Mi Ga Chat (Chopped chicken w/egg noodle soup)

    Either way I very much enjoyed #28, tender bone-in chicken, bits of offal, a few ungestated eggs, egg noodles, toasted garlic and a hit of spicy heat.

    PhoL1.jpg #28 Mi Ga Chat (Chopped chicken w/egg noodle soup)

    PhoL2.jpg #28 Mi Ga Chat (Chopped chicken w/egg noodle soup)

    PhoL3.jpg #28 Mi Ga Chat (Chopped chicken w/egg noodle soup)

    PhoL4.jpg #3 Goi Cuon Tom Thit (Shrimp, meat spring roll)


    Pho 5 Lua, count me a Fan!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #12 - May 9th, 2019, 4:24 pm
    Post #12 - May 9th, 2019, 4:24 pm Post #12 - May 9th, 2019, 4:24 pm
    Sorry to mislead. I actually double-checked on line before I posted above to make sure I had the correct number. There is menu on Zomato that seems to show the shredded chicken with egg noodles as 28. I suppose that on line menu is out of date. Anyway, glad you ended up with a dish you enjoyed despite that.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #13 - May 9th, 2019, 4:43 pm
    Post #13 - May 9th, 2019, 4:43 pm Post #13 - May 9th, 2019, 4:43 pm
    Carried out an order of bun thit nuong for lunch today. Nice to have a decent rendition of this nearby for a lighter lunch option
  • Post #14 - May 10th, 2019, 2:03 am
    Post #14 - May 10th, 2019, 2:03 am Post #14 - May 10th, 2019, 2:03 am
    bw77 wrote:Sorry to mislead. I actually double-checked on line before I posted above to make sure I had the correct number. There is menu on Zomato that seems to show the shredded chicken with egg noodles as 28. I suppose that on line menu is out of date. Anyway, glad you ended up with a dish you enjoyed despite that.

    No worries, and you are 100% correct, Zomato does not match the current Pho 5 Lua takeout menu I have sitting on my desk. They also have the hours wrong and don't show they are closed on Tuesdays. They do, however, show the correct restaurant in the pictures.

    Pho5LuaZomato1.jpg Zomato online menu

    Pho5LuaMenu89.jpg Current takeout menu

    Above is simply for reference, I enjoyed my meal regardless of number, thanks again for introducing me to a new menu item.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #15 - June 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm
    Post #15 - June 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm Post #15 - June 9th, 2019, 7:11 pm
    Stopped in for a #27 last evening. We went later in the evening than we normally do, eating around 9:00. Hate to say it, but the broth was not up to its usual standard and tasted a bit watered down. Hopefully, it was just because it was late and they had to stretch it.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #16 - June 11th, 2019, 4:48 am
    Post #16 - June 11th, 2019, 4:48 am Post #16 - June 11th, 2019, 4:48 am
    bw77 wrote:Stopped in for a #27 last evening. We went later in the evening than we normally do, eating around 9:00. Hate to say it, but the broth was not up to its usual standard and tasted a bit watered down. Hopefully, it was just because it was late and they had to stretch it.
    No idea as to cause, but I'd guess anomaly pure and simple. I've been to Pho 5 Lua many (many) times, mostly before noon most recently Saturday morning with the bride after a Home Depot run, and its been consistently tasty.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #17 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:21 am
    Post #17 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:21 am Post #17 - June 22nd, 2019, 8:21 am
    Chicago Food Stories posted an enticing Pho 5 Lua plate lunch pic on FB and Instagram, tasty. #lowslowbbq #countmeafan
    Pho5Lua37.jpg Vietnamese plate lunch
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow

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