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What's warmer than a bowl of pho? Not much during the month of Phobruary. (PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

Phun is brewing: Get ready for the 7th annual Phobruary in Silver City

There's almost nothing better during the chilly winter months than a steaming hot bowl of soup. Fortunately, the time is ripe to get out and warm up with Silver City's annual Phobruary, a celebration of all things pho.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 3, three Silver City restaurants (Bamboo, Thai Bar-B-Que and Vientiane Noodle Shop) will offer pho at a special price of $5 per bowl. Note: The offer is good Monday through Friday from Feb. 3 to 28 and is limited to dine-in only.

After trying the various Pho options, guests can vote for their favorite on Facebook (Feb. 24-29). The winning restaurant will be recognized at the end of Phobruary.

About pho

The secret of Vietnamese pho – which is pronounced "fuh" or "feu" – lies in its long cooking time, typically a three or four hour steep, which extracts flavor and heft from meaty marrow bones, usually either chicken or beef. The broth is then supplemented with a custom blend of spices like cinnamon, cloves, coriander, star anise and cardamom.

In fact, one of the fun things about pho is that each bowl of steaming broth is pretty distinct. So, if you're not fond of one restaurant's pho, it's worth your while to sample another spots broth to see if you like it better.

But, potentially the best part of eating pho is the ability for diners to customize their bowls with add-ins and garnishes like Thai basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, lime juice and condiments like fish sauce, hoisin and Sriracha.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bamboo, 3427 W. National Ave., 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Wednesdays)
  • Thai Bar-B-Que, 3417 W. National Ave., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Tuesdays)
  • Vientiane Noodle Shop, 3422 W. National Ave., 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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