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An Injustice to Pho: Rachael Ray’s “Phunky BBQ Pho with Pork” Recipe

October 8, 2010

The dish/program name itself, Phunky BBQ Pho with Pork, is enough to send chills up my spine. What’s really annoying to me is the casualness that these inaccuracies are presented by Rachael Ray and her program. The show, and Rachael Ray herself, not showed total disrespect to Vietnamese (and Thai) foods, but also to their own audience’s intelligence, though I could be wrong here since there are 578 Facebook Likes for the recipe as of the date of this post.

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Pho Nam Dinh: Pho Hanoi by the Multigenerational Co Family from Town of Nam Dinh, Part 2

October 31, 2009

This is part 2 of the story of pho Hanoi and how the Co family pho dynasty keeps its pho through 5 generations. We meet one of the two remaining members of the second generation, who demonstrates traditional pho techniques at festivals and visits his descendants’ pho shops to pass on his experience and encouragement.

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Vietnamese Pho Soup Noodle in Noodle Face Off Against Other Asian Noodles

September 12, 2009

Here’s the ultimate noodle face-off between pho and other Asian noodles. Ratings are based on deliciousness of pho, degree of difficulty to make pho, degree of difficulty to serve pho, number of ingredients required for pho, and pho popularity among non-Asians. You may think we have our own bias on a pho blog like this, but the numbers (and results) make a lot of sense.

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Corinne Trang on Vietnamese Pho, Noodles Every Day, and Life

Corinne Trang on Vietnamese Pho, Noodles Every Day, and Life

September 10, 2009

Corinne Trang is a prolific cookbook author and Asian cuisines and culinary expert. Her latest book, Noodles Every Day, is my kind of book. I love anything slurpable, pho or otherwise. So now that her new book is out, I am excited to have an opportunity for a Q&A with Corinne Trang. I got her to do a noodle face-off between pho and other noodles, and talk about finding one’s roots, writing books, teaching others, making food and living life.

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A Conversation With Viet Culinary Author and Teacher Andrea Nguyen

August 28, 2009

Andrea Nguyen is a celebrated food writer and teacher with a unique ability to interpret traditional Asian cooking styles for modern cooks. Andrea’s first book, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, received three prestigious James Beard and IACP cookbook award nominations. Her new cookbook, Asian Dumplings, hits the shelves on August 25th, 2009. I was happy and honored that Andrea Nguyen agreed to an interview. Read about my interview with Andrea, what makes her tick, plus her views on the state of Vietnamese pho.

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Top Pho Bo and Pho Ga Recipes You Must Try Yourself

July 25, 2009

Here are Lovingpho.com’s top pho recipe picks. As we all know, it’s all in the pho broth, so you can just skip everything and go straight to read about how to make the broth. While older recipes have stood the test of time, the newer ones have something valid to offer, employing more modern techniques. And as I’ve said before, once you’ve got the broth, the rest will just fall into place.

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Diana My Tran and Her Recipes – Exotic Vietnam Meets the Fast-Paced West

July 23, 2009

Diana My Tran is not a professional chef, but she has become a favorite author in Vietnamese cooking. She succeeds in simplifying the many exotic and sometime complex recipes for her readers, at the same time maintaining authenticity of Viet cuisine, pho included.

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Are There Secrets to Making the Perfect Pho at Home?

July 21, 2009

People in Vietnam do not actually make pho at home. Home-made pho is the unique product of Viet immigrants arriving at foreign shores after 1975. It’s not a surprise that most pho techniques concentrate on the creation of good broth. That is because coming up with a good broth for pho is the first, and toughest, step towards making the perfect pho. Once you have a great broth, the rest should just fall into place.

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An Interview with Chef Didier Corlou on Vietnamese Pho and Cuisine

June 29, 2009

Chef Didier Corlou is one of the culinary authorities on Vietnamese pho and cuisine. He’s been in Vietnam since 1991 playing a vital role in developing and promoting Vietnamese cuisine to a new level. Here’s an in-depth interview with “Le Chef” Corlou on various aspects of Viet pho, from his own thoughts on how to cook pho, to pho franchise, to even pairing wine with pho!

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Quick Beef Pho Recipe with Quoc Viet Foods’ Pho Soup Base

June 6, 2009

Authentic beef pho recipes call for cooking the broth over a period of 3 or more hours. Properly done, this will get you the best pho broth the way it’s intended to be. But for those who want to take a shortcut and shave off a few hours, Quoc Viet Foods Beef Flavored “Pho” Soup Base is a great option. They’ve achieved converting the traditional Vietnamese products (including pho) into a convenient form.

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