We love finding cheap, authentic restaurants that still manage to be insanely satisfying. Whenever we want to try something new, we always make a “sister date” out of it. A few days before Sarah left to return to Chicago, we decided that a date was in order. We went to Pho Hoa Binh, a simple yet delicious pho shop in Rockville, MD. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of steaming broth, rice noodles, meat or tofu, and vegetables. The broth is often made with meat, onion, ginger, and various seasonings (like Saigon cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, coriander, or clove). While pho is typically made with a beef-based broth, we were able to order vegetarian pho, which was overflowing with fresh veggies, tofu, and noodles and served in a vegetarian broth. Served with the pho is a plate of garnishes: onions, chili peppers, bean sprouts, lime, cilantro, and basil. These enormous bowls of soup are light and (can be!) healthy, but also hit the spot on a cold and snowy winter day!