While my hunt for Japanese ramen in Columbus has been disappointing, there is no shortage of another noodle and broth based dish, Vietnamese pho. These noodle shops are popping up everywhere, from ethnically diverse neighborhoods to a revamped Taco Bell building in Upper Arlington. So far, my favorite pho comes from Mi Li, in Columbus Square on the north end of town.
When I mentioned Mi Li to Baseball Boy for a Friday night dinner, he suggested that he order pho, and I bite into my first-ever bahn mi. Yes folks, it’s true; prior to last week, I’d never had the trendy Vietnamese sandwich known for the crusty bread that came as a gift from French colonization. Of course, once we arrived, and saw the familiar condiments waiting for me, it was difficult to stick to the plan.
The garnishes for his pho magically arrived, just seconds after ordering. It was then that I negotiated just a bite or two of his dinner.
Mi Li has an assortment of house-made bubble teas and lemonades on their menu. I decided to try the latter (though I was very curious about something they called salty lemonade.) I was not disappointed with my choice; this was quite possibly the best lemonade I’d ever had.
The bahn mi was good. Not earth-shattering, but good. Mine came with grilled pork, peppers, cucumbers, carrots and cilantro, napped with a little mayonnaise – pretty standard for the sandwich, according to my research. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I kept finding myself wishing that the grilled pork was actually pork belly. In the very least, this foray into the world of the bahn mi made me want to sample more.
This introduces an interesting dilemma into my life. If I’m already committed to trying every pho in Columbus (which I am), how is it that I’m going to introduce a new dish into the mix? Bahn mi versus pho. Pho versus bahn mi. Life, all of a sudden, just got a lot more complicated.
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