Having spent many hours climbing and hiking around Chimney Rock SP, which I highly recommend, I was pretty tired and dehydrated and in need of some carbs. So I checked the TripAdvisor app on my Galaxy S6 Edge and found the nearest and best Vietnamese restaurant where I could gas up on a nice big pho ga (aka chicken noodle soup), one of my favorite ethnic treats that I've had in countries from Europe to the Pacific Rim and throughout North America. Pho R Us, now Wild Ginger, popped up at the top of my list and the S6 Edge computed the best route there within a few seconds. After a 40 minute or so drive through the apple country, I arrived at the little plaza on Hendersonville Rd where, it seems, a few other Asian establishments exist, too. Wild Ginger is a typical simple Vietnamese restaurant, nothing fancy, but clean, light and airy. I ordered a regular sized pho ga and some nice cool soft spring rolls, with pork, rice, cilantro and whatever else. My pho arrived before the rolls. When the rolls showed up, they were the fried crispy Thai kind, hot as can be. Perhaps the server misunderstood. But I ate most of them anyway and they were pretty good. Yes, I should have sent them back. The veggie plate which accompanies all phos was chock full of mung bean sprouts, but sadly lacking in greens. One small sprig of basil; no cilantro at all. Very disappointing. The pho itself was okay, dark, beefy, reasonably flavorful when boosted with Sriracha, but not hot enough to "cook" the cold bean sprouts when I dumped them in. Pho broth should be served as hot as possible; it will never get hotter at the table. The chicken (ga) in my pho was not the typical shredded or chopped kind that is preferred, but thin sliced pieces that appeared to come from the deli counter at the super market. So I ate what I could, got rehydrated and carbed up, and jumped back on the road to Hendersonville. Not great, not bad, but certainly better than no pho at all. Hardly amazing and nothing close to the phos served up at our local favorite, Saigon Cafe, down home in the Hilton Head area.
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