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Pho Etiquette

July 20, 2014

Pho etiquette: How to eat pho. Vietnamese pho is an easy dish to pick up and enjoy. To the casual diner, consuming pho only requires your ability to place your order, and hold chopsticks and spoon in your hands. For those ready for something more, pho etiquette is your next goal. There are specific customs to follow, while other protocols are left to individual interpretation and choice. Here’s a collection of pho etiquette to help you come closer to pho and Viet culture.

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Beef Pho, Chicken Pho, Men, Women: A Complex Relationship

June 28, 2014

It’s common knowledge that beef pho is the most popular pho. But at any given time, do you notice that men are likely to go for pho bo (beef pho) and women like pho ga (chicken pho) when given the choice? What about vegan pho? Many pho restaurants concentrate on making only good beef pho, and serve chicken and vegan pho only as an afterthought. Here’s how you understand your pho customers and serve what they want.

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Homemade Pho: Making Vietnamese Pho Yourself at Home

February 21, 2013

Points to consider if you want to make Vietnamese pho at home. It’s not as daunting as you might think. Making pho is very easy, actually. Just know that your first attempt will be ok, and your subsequent pho pots after that will be pretty good. Then, the good stuff will start to happen.

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Pho Cali, Pho HoaCali, Pho Cali & Grill, Pho T Cali, Pho Cow Cali – What’s in a Name?

March 4, 2011

Pho Cali, Pho HoaCali, Pho Cali & Grill, Pho T Cali, Pho Cow Cali, Pho Cali Restaurant. When it comes to naming a pho restaurant, it seems we Vietnamese have a problem with good, creative English names. But what’s with Cali in the names? Well, we love our Cali and everybody loves our Cali too.

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Vietnamese Pho With No Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)? Sure You Want It That Way?

November 17, 2010

Many people have problems with consuming monosodium glutamate, or MSG, in their foods. Chinese cuisine and many other restaurant foods are notorious for having lots of MSG in them. Restaurant pho is no different. In fact MSG use in many pho restaurants can be dominant and unmistakable. Here are some real insights about MSG in Vietnamese pho, from a roundtable of food industry experts. Vietnamese Pho with no MSG? Sure you want it that way?

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Want the Lime Taste in Your Pho? Don’t Serve It Like This

November 5, 2010

There are some great pho broths out there. Some are good enough so you don’t even have to enhance with fish sauce or hoisin sauce. Regardless of the quality, though, I must have my squeeze of lime juice in my pho. Unfortunately, for such a simple thing, there are more than a few pho photos out there showing lime and pho in some deplorable relationship. Yuck. Check out these sins.

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What Makes a Great Pho Restaurant?

September 28, 2010

We all have our own reasons why we like Vietnamese pho, and we have our own reasons to keep coming back to our favorite pho restaurant(s.) The reasons we like our pho restaurants can be as varied as pho recipes themselves, but when one boils it all down (no pun intended) to the pho essentials, there are really a finite number of reasons why a pho restaurant deserves your business and my business. Here’s my take on what makes a great pho restaurant based on the pho polls.

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How to Eat Pho and Finding Your Own Pho – A Primer For First-Time Diners

March 10, 2010

When it comes to pho, a Vietnamese would have the distinct advantage of knowing how to enjoy the noodle dish. Eating pho is always an adventure, even for those who have had it all their lives. For first-time diners, the key is to relax and enjoy. You’ll find your own pho in no time.

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Pho Is Changing – Chinese, French and Now American Influences

November 22, 2009

Pho is changing. Regardless of if you’re for or against it, or maybe don’t even care, you can’t stop it. The only thing you and I can do is to help control it through our own pocketbooks. I know we have urges to try something new all the time, but I also know I need to give my continued business to good authentic pho restaurants who go out of their ways to do it right. Who cares, you say? Well I hope at least some people do.

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What Is Great and Authentic Pho? Here’s One Example

November 17, 2009

My intuition told me I needed to pick up the spoon and try the broth immediately. All I can say is: it is what pho broth should be. So then on this rare occasion, I finished this huge bowl of pho without adding the hoisin sauce for pho and the red hot sauce. No I didn’t forget. I just didn’t need them. I normally only do this for authentic Pho Bac, the northern kind. Read the rest of my Pho Lu review.

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