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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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Saigon’s Luong Son Quan – Bo Tung Xeo: Beer Garden Vietnamese Style

July 25, 2009

Luong Son Quan Bo Tung Xeo is a great place to hang out with friends for diner and lots of drinking. Sort of a beer garden, Vietnamese style. But it’s much more than that. On the menu are exotic dishes for “nhậu,” the Vietnamese term for eating and drinking, with emphasis on the drinking part.

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Pho Ga With Side Chicken and Unlaid Eggs

May 8, 2009

Pho Bolsa, Little Saigon has pho ga with side order of free-range chicken, intestines and unborn eggs.

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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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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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Pho Ca Dao in Mira Mesa – Real Pho, Real Fast, Real Service

January 28, 2009

Pho Ca Dao’s slogan is “Real Pho, Real Fast, Real Service”. This was my third or fourth time here, but I enjoy coming back to eat. “Ca dao” are really Vietnamese folk songs or poems that are popular reminders of who the Vietnamese people are and where we came from. The term ca dao (derived from a line in the Wei Wind section of the classic Chinese folk poetry anthology, Shih-Ching, or Books of Odes) can be loosely translated as “unaccompanied songs.”

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Pho Vie II in Garden Grove: Great Tasting Pho

January 25, 2009

I drove by this place several times and I must admit Pho Vie II always looked crowded and popular. On this day with no long line, I really have to try it. “Vie” means “Life” in French, and I believe the people at Pho Vie II truly believe in a fully enjoyable and immersive life of pho, because their pho is very good and the service is friendly. You can read a few Pho Vie II reviews on Yelp.com. They run 50% off on pho ga (chicken) but personally I don’t think that’s the reason for the crowd. I think it’s because the pho in general is very good – tasty soup stock, fresh ingredients, perfect al dente-like noodle, and fresh Thai basil, ngo gai (culantro) and sprouts.

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Biggest Bowl of Pho I Ever Had: North York, Toronto

January 18, 2009

I found the biggest bowl of pho at Kiem Bo Vietnamese Restaurant in North York Toronto, Canada. It was absolutely the biggest bowl I ever had.

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