I love Pho!
I admit that festivals are not my thing.....at least not in New Orleans. It's usually hot, sticky, sweaty... just miserable. So the idea of adding crowds and over priced food just doesn't appeal to me.
I love pho! For those who don't know, it's a Vietnamese noodle soup with broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. Sunday morning, my boyfriend came across a sign advertising a 2-day Pho Festival in Gretna, and I knew we had to go.
Location: Mel Ott Park (Gretna, La.)
We went around 6:30 in the evening, and it was one of those rare weekends in New Orleans that it actually felt like fall. It had rained earlier in the day so the ground was kind of soggy. There wasn't a big fancy setup or anything. Essentially, it was two long rows of food booths separated by a stage with live music. Most of the action was on the play set, where all of the kids seemed to be in second heaven.
Ok, but let's get to the point- the food!
Chicken pho $8
(My boyfriend went with the spicy noodles but we both agreed mine was better)
Pandan Waffle $3
Panda waffles have quickly become one of my favorite desserts. I eat them often topped with green tea ice cream at one of the Vietnamese restaurants I love, but I really didn't know what it was or why it was green. But in an effort to describe it to you guys, I did some research. Apparently pandan is "a sweet, pungent, east Asian leaf which is likened to vanilla...". Coconut milk is also thrown into the waffle battle. It's super yummy. Don't trust me. Try it!
Grilled Pork $3
Nice and simple....grilled pork on a skewer. Hands down, the best thing I ate. No explanation needed here.
Sesame Balls 2 for $1