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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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Pho, Charity and Fall Festival – A Match Made in Heaven

September 29, 2009

Vietnamese pho at a Fall Festival? Pho for charity? Pho bo, pho ga and bun bo Hue as festival foods? Maybe unheard of a few years back, but with the popularity of pho raging everywhere, pho just may become the next big festival food. It already is in Little Saigon (of course.) And have you seen the pho vats? Check out the video.

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Pho Restaurants in the United States - Pho on the Move

Pho Restaurants in the United States – Pho on the Move

September 17, 2009

Here’s quick look at stats on Vietnamese pho restaurants in the U.S. They’re part of a market analysis project I’m working on. Vietnamese pho market analysis: Vietnamese pho restaurants in the U.S. showing top U.S. cities with pho restaurants, top California cities with pho restaurants, top states with pho restaurants.

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Quoc Viet Foods® Steadily Growing and Bringing Vietnamese Pho to the Masses

September 1, 2009

Quoc Viet Foods® specializes in manufacturing Vietnamese pho soup bases and other seasonings. The company is the first to use modern technologies to convert the traditional Vietnamese pho into convenient soup base form. If you’re looking for a quick pho recipe to make your own pho in less than an hour, it’s possible with pho products from Quoc Viet Foods. It’s a great option without giving up authenticity, taste and quality. Read more on how Quoc Viet Foods began its journey to bring pho to the mass.

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Corinne Trang’s Culinary Tours of Chinatown and Andrea Nguyen in the Media

June 18, 2009

On a few rare occasions I go off the pho path to highlight non-pho topics. I’ll give some buzz anytime for two of my favorite culinary experts, one on the East Coast, the other West Coast. I respect them and their works, so here’s what going on with Corinne Trang and Andrea Nguyen.

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Pho 79 on Hazard Avenue in Little Saigon – Still Good and Dependable Pho

June 6, 2009

Pho 79 is a popular name since many Viet arrived in the U.S. in 1979, plus many restaurants opened in Little Saigon in 1979 as well. My first bowls of pho in Little Saigon were actually at this Pho 79. There were very few pho restaurants in existence back then, and those in business were always packed with Vietnamese slurping their pho like there was no tomorrow

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Pho Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant, El Cajon Blvd – Still Serving Great Pho

June 2, 2009

It’s been a long time since I last visited Pho Hoa on El Cajon Blvd. This place has been here forever (well maybe at least to the mid 1980′s as I remember), and its age can be seen in the exterior condition of the building. But don’t let the look deceive you, because inside you’ll find one of the best pho around.

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Vietnamese, Little Saigon, Bolsa, and Pho by the Numbers

May 11, 2009

You may be wondering about the name Pho Bolsa. Or maybe Pho 79. Or Pho 86, Pho 54, Pho 75, Pho 88, Pho 90. While there are plenty of pho restaurants with ‘normal’ Vietnamese names, these mentioned above certainly give old and new clientele (and Viet and non-Viet) a little pause of curious ponder. Well here’s an attempt to put some of these mysterious Vietnamese pho names and numbers to rest.

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Pho Bolsa – Second to None Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)

May 6, 2009

Pho Bolsa has been at the same spot forever and has one of the best pho ga anywhere. My wife ordered her favorite pho ga with white meat, heart, gizzard, and liver. There were unborn eggs as well. I had my trusty pho tai, chin, sach (beef: rare, well-done brisket, tripe). Both were good as expected, but the garnishes were on the wilted side.

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Pho Hoa: Berkeley

April 28, 2009

Tweet Having passed by the Pho Hoa several times since moving to Berkeley I decided it was time to sample the goods. Before going in I didn’t realize that there even was such thing as a Pho franchise…? Really? Check out Cuong’s post about the franchise here. Since I always know what I want, Pho […]

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