( Jalan Pantai Berawa,Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Tibubeneng, North Kuta)
So you're in Bali, and everywhere around you are shops with freaking EAT PRAY LOVE bowls and Avo-Mash-Spirulina-Wheatgrass bullshit smoothies. I'm sorry, but after a heavy night of inebriation, the best remedy is not this healthy foo-foo, its a bowl of gawdayum Phõ.
Unfortunately, my hotel was 200 meters away from this one, and it came recommended by some backpackers who probably have never even been to Vietnam. I rolled up there, sunglasses on, sat in the furthest possible point away from other human beings, ordered my Beef Phõ and sucked down on my cold coke. The weather was hot. It was humid. Nothing was helping the hangover so far. My soup finally came, and I could tell just by looking at it this was all wrong.
-The noodles were not rice noodles they resembled tagliatelle
-The beef was horrendous.. Overcooked, chewy, complete disaster
-The basil was not Vietnamese so it threw off the entire flavour
-The onions were cut super thick which messes up the whole balance
-They heaped a huge spoon of Hoisin sauce IN the bowl without asking
This was an exercise in futility. I slurped as much goodness as I could gain from this mediocre bowl of sustenance and left shrouded in fear and longing. There must be better ways to cure the aching of the soul in Bali.