The Weekly Special – IPho

New Paltz’s IPho shares boiling broths brimming with flavor to the community this chilly season. Photo courtesy of IPho’s Facebook

If you’re a SUNY New Paltz student, you know about IPho. Whether you’re stopping by on a cold day or feeling slightly under the weather, a bowl of hot pho can warm you up from the inside out. 

Pho, a Vietnamese traditional soup, consists of a savory clear bone broth with soft rice noodles, served with crunchy bean sprouts, onions, fresh cilantro, jalapeño slices and limes. You can also top your pho with either sriracha or hoisin sauce to your liking. IPho’s menu features a variety of pho selections with different meat options including Pho bò viên’s beef meatballs, pho tôm’s shrimp and even a vegetarian option with broccoli, cabbage, carrots and tofu. 

IPho also includes an assortment of Vietnamese-inspired appetizers, such as crispy pork and egg spring rolls and fresh beef rolls wrapped in rice paper. Other meal options on their menu include vermicelli noodle bowls, rice platters paired with different meats, bánh mì sandwiches and, of course, refreshments like Thai iced and bubble tea.  

This build your own broth is sure to provide a new punch of Asian flavor to your palate this winter. Photo courtesy of IPho’s Facebook

Never been to IPho? Keep it simple and order the pho tái, which includes their original broth served with thinly-sliced beef steak. For spicy lovers, order your pho with “spicy broth,” where hot chili oil sits and spreads throughout the soup creating a fiery flavor explosion. 

From your first spoonful of pho tái’s noodles, onions, and beef, you’re immediately wrapped up in a steamy, aromatic embrace. The fragrant spicy broth with wafer-thin beef slices unfolds a fatty and rich umami profile, not quite like anything else. IPho’s generous servings won’t leave you hungry for more, either. 

Their pho bowls range from $13.95 to $16.95, with options to add extra meat, noodles and vegetables for $4 each. IPho is located at 152-154 Main St., New Paltz, NY, and is open six days a week. They’re open from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday. They’re closed on Mondays. IPho is available for dine-in, delivery and takeout. Both delivery and take-out orders include instructions on how to properly warm up your pho bowls for ultimate satisfaction and freshness.

Gabriela Gomez

Gabriela Gomez is a junior student at SUNY New Paltz. She is pursuing a double major in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx studies and journalism. Gomez is currently an editor and PR rep for the Fahari-Libertad, a school-run magazine collective aimed to share the art and narratives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color). She also serves as the graphic designer for the Caribbean Latin Coalition.

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