Thanks to the proprietors, the 48th Ward office, and Axis Labs for their continuing support of this monthly program.
"Loan Thị Thu Nguyễn, hailing from a line of Phở cooks in Vietnam, and her husband, Quang Minh Lê, took the long route to realizing their dreams of becoming restauranteurs in the United States. The two came to the United States in 1995 and lived in California for one year before moving to Chicago.
With limited resources and a need to make a living to support their family, both Loan and Quang worked in the nail industry as nail technicians. Their true passion has always been to follow their family’s footsteps in showcasing Vietnamese cuisine as cooks and restauranteurs.
After years of building financial stability, the couple had the opportunity to realize their dreams when they opened Phơ Loan in 2014 at 1114 W. Argyle Street.
As the name of their restaurant indicates, Phở is their specialty. Phở Loan will be highlighting three different varieties of Phở not often seen at other Phở restaurants.
- Phở Filet Mignon, a traditional beef based Phở distinguishes itself with the usage of the filet mignon cut. According to Loan, “the higher end cut of beef enhances the depth of the beef broth flavor.”
- Phở Gà Tươi, or free range chicken Phở, is a slightly lighter, more delicate chicken version of beef Phở.
- Lastly, Phở Lò Đúc, clay pot Phở, is special due to its usage of a clay pot. Loan Thị Thu Nguyển says, “The process of cooking ginger and oxtail while heating the clay pot enhances the already deep beef broth flavor once it’s added. The clay pot also sustains the hot temperature of the dish unlike a regular bowl of Phở.”
Join the 48th Ward and Axis Lab for this month’s 2nd Fridays initiative at Phở Loan located at 1114 W Argyle Street, Chicago, IL 60640.