@ San Francisco
388 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
Soup Junkie is a new restaurant that opened near SOMA on Market. This used to be a pop-up place meaning, they would usually open up at random locations (ex. restaurants, bars, etc.) on any given day and set up shop there to sell food for a few hours, usually during lunch or dinner hours. I guess they were pretty popular because they now have a fixed location located in Market street in San Francisco.
This place is literally a “hole-in-the-wall”. There is no where to sit and is only packaged for to-go orders. The place is probably 10 feet deep and 20 feet wide. You step four feet into this hole in the wall place and place your order with the cashier. Then the chef will go back in his small kitchen and prepare everything for you while you wait on the street of Market.
I was, of course, excited to try this place since it’s a new noodle restaurant around my work. I got there around 1:30pm and there was no line. I stepped in to order and they told me that they sold out of most of their menu. The lady at the register was very nice and cordial and she did mention that day was their soft opening and apologized for limited items on the menu. Their menu consisted of Spring rolls, 2 different Vietnamese sandwiches (Bahn Mi), Beef Pho, Crab and Tomato Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu) and Vietnamese Crepe. What they had left was the Pho and spring rolls. I didn’t mind as I wanted to try the Pho. So I ordered the Pho.
The wait time was pretty fast. Got my order within 5 minutes and off I went back to my office to try it.
It came in two packages: a bowl with the noodles, beef and vegetables and another container for the soup.
My first thought was I liked how they served it in a to-go pho bowl as I have never seen such a thing. I thought it was a great idea. On the other hand, I thought they skimped out on the broth. As you can see in the photo, it wasn’t even filled up all the way. But I guess they do that because the bowl you pour it in isn’t a little on the small side.
After the soup was poured into the bowl and I took my first bite, I felt like the soup was warm and not hot. Usually pho is served piping hot. I think I should have microwaved the noodles before pouring in the broth. That would have made everything better because the noodles, vegetables and beef made the broth colder than usual. The noodles in this dish are thicker than your normal pho. Which wasn’t good or bad in my opinion. The broth was very salty. It had flavor but it was really salty and I rarely say something is really salty. The portion was a little small too.
Overall this place was OK. Nothing great but it wasn’t bad. It was a little pricey as my small pho bowl was almost $10. I still would like to try their Vietnamese crepe which looks delicious. I will come back sometime when craving for a snack but won’t probably come here for the pho anytime soon.