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What Is Real, Authentic Pho?

December 13, 2014

What is real, authentic pho and how do I make it? This is the question I get asked often. In this post, I discuss important characteristics of real, authentic pho. The definition is very strict and takes into account important elements that, when combined together, contribute to the awesomeness of real, authentic pho. It also takes into account consideration of changing market and environment and time and place.

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Secrets To Making And Serving Great Pho In Your Restaurant

August 14, 2014

Among the many important things you have to deal with when opening your own pho restaurant, serving great pho is at the top of the list. It’s easy to lose track of what you’re doing with everything going on leading up to a grand opening. Here are secrets to making and serving great pho to help refocus your attention to things that really help make your pho restaurant a success.

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Pho Recipe: Easy Fixes to Common Homemade Pho Problems

July 30, 2014

Making your own beef pho broth at home is relatively easy. However, there are always some missteps that can mess you up fast. In this article, I’m providing a collection of simple yet important things you can do to ensure big success with your next pho pot. Many of these are included in various different pho recipes, but here they are in one place for quick and easy reference.

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People, Technology and Competition Will Drive Another Pho Transformation

July 21, 2014

As pho becomes popular outside of Vietnam, it’s a matter of time before another pho transformation take place, not necessarily creating an authentic pho, but a popular pho regardless. I am not in the business of telling the future, but because I love pho so much, I always wonder where it’s heading and if I will like its new look and taste.

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Hiring a Pho Chef For Your Pho Restaurant

June 11, 2014

Does your pho restaurant need a pho chef? How can you find a good pho chef for your restaurant, and what qualifications should such individual have? It may surprise many, but the real question is: what good is a pho chef who is unprofessional, has bad manners and does not work within your guidelines and company policies to meet your quality expectation? Here are some things to consider when hiring a pho chef.

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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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