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February 2009

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Pho Pronunciation: You Can Say It, Pronounce Pho, Say: Phở…

February 26, 2009

How to pronounce pho? Well pho pronunciation can be hard; here’s the definitive guide to say “pho” correctly.

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Washington DC Pho – Can our Capitol Compare?

February 25, 2009

After snapping a quick shot of the exterior I walked through the doors into a small, dingy place. There were tables covered in watermelon tablecloths and a soap opera playing on tv to the left of the counter.

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Beef Pho and Chicken Pho: Pho Vie II in Garden Grove

February 22, 2009

The half off pho ga (chicken pho) deal has been on for a while, but Pho Vie II is not the only restaurant running this deal in Little Saigon. There are a few others doing the same promotion on pho ga. Pho ga is easy to make, so restaurants can still make profits; pho ga (with free-range chicken) is always better than your regular frozen variety, so the customers wins with tasty food. Those big red “1/2 OFF” signs are magnets for traffic.

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Atlantic City Raises the Bar!

February 17, 2009

I didn’t realize the best Pho I’ve ever had would be in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I’m not kidding. This place was excellent. Don’t believe me?…

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The Importance of Garnishes for Pho

February 15, 2009

A good bowl of Vietnamese Pho can always stand on its own merit. Pho itself is so good that for many, especially for home cooked pho, there is no need for all the elaborate condiments and garnishes you’d get at a pho stall or pho restaurant. Garnishes for Pho is so important to the total pho experience that our rating system treats garnishes freshness and quantity as separate point earners. Here’s LovingPho.com’s rating system based on points on scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being best.

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All You Can Eat Pho

February 12, 2009

All-you-can-eat Pho? Well not quite, not here in the states anyway. I had all-you-can-eat pho in Vietnam, at Nha Hang Tan Son Nhat (Tan Son Nhat Restaurant), near the airport Tan Son Nhat in Saigon. The restaurant had a huge offerings of authentic regional Vietnamese delicacies, arranged into different food types at their own serving stations. But thank you very much, I’ll have another bowl of pho please.

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Pho HoaCali Express in Mira Mesa: Lunch with My Buddy Mason

February 12, 2009

Express is a reliable pho place in North County San Diego for many years. Clean, airy, well lighted, and good service. There’s always a line during lunch times and on the weekends, so just write your name on the list and after a short wait, you’re in. On this day, even after 1pm, we waited 5 minutes. No big deal. We had our usual fix: pho tai (rare beef) for Mason and pho tai chin sach (rare beef, well-done brisket, tripe) for me.

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What is Vietnamese Pho: Think You Know? Think Again

February 10, 2009

The other day I was chatting with my Phở buddy Tim and something interesting came up. The subject was pho obviously, but the context was “what is pho?” or more precisely, “what Vietnamese soupy noodle dish can be considered pho?” Here’s one of the most important statements I’ll ever make.

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Baltimore Pho

February 4, 2009

It was a cold night in Baltimore and what better to eat than a hot bowl of pho, right? The only pho place near downtown, which happens to be in a somewhat “rough part of town” (to say the least), is “Baltimore Pho.” So, we hopped in the ole’ Jeep and we were off!

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Pho Hoa Pasteur, Saigon

February 3, 2009

Pho Hoa Pasteur holds a special place in my early teen heart and memory. Not just because of its hearty bowls of pho. No. Not the Pho Hoa Pasteur you’re thinking about. I’m talking about the original place in Saigon.

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