What I learned on Friday:
1. It only takes 11 minutes to get to 9 Roses from my house if there is no traffic on or around the bridge. The same cannot necessarily be said for the return. Darned toll bridge.
2. 9 Roses has combination pho with sliced flank, meatballs and tendon. It's pretty good, but somehow not quite as good as I imagined it would be. The broth could be better... could have deeper flavor.
3. Same with the chao vit (duck rice porridge). It was good but not great. I was a bit disappointed.
The last time I went to Hoa Hong, it was a remarkably great meal though, so I may just have been off myself. My sinuses were terrible and could have been affecting my taste buds. I'll try again soon and see if I can provide a better perspective.