When the Mr. and I used to frequent Montreal for our weekend “adult” getaways, our favorite go~to hangover remedy, as with most other cultures was some sort of big, fresh vegetable, noodle and protein soup.
Thanks to many great reviews online from Montreal natives, we were lucky to find a lot of great restaurants that are “off the beaten path” of tourists, that have phenomenal cuisine at low prices!
So where is the best place to get pho? A tiny hole-in-the-wall place in Chinatown, Cristal No. 1.
It was absolutely AMAZING!
The whole late night, post partying, healthy soup practice, seems to not have taken hold here in the U.S. as it has pretty much everywhere else. That is, it’s probably unlikely that it will become popular, unless the Golden Arches start carrying it, anyway!
I’ve been making this soup at home for years in the chicken form. Chicken stock and meat. This past week I made pho with a lovely, tender pork loin and it was absolutely amazing.
Here is the recipe I used. Feel free to add any variety of veggies on top that you have, the key is to add them AFTER the noodles, meat and broth. The idea is to keep them fresh, vibrant and crispy. The nice thing about this soup is it’s easily made ahead of time. If you chop the veggies first and refrigerate till you’re ready, it’s only a matter of heating up the broth. This means, healthy, quick dinner!
Here are some fresh / raw veggies I’ve seen on Pho:
Sliced thin red peppers
Jalapeno thin sliced
Sliced thin read onion
And if you’re ever in Montreal, definitely check out Cristal No. 1. It’s the best pho in Montreal!