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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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Half Off Pho – Why 50% Off Are Not Such Good Pho Deals

December 10, 2014

You see these 50% off pho all over the place these days. They proliferate primarily in large Asian communities where competition is fierce for deal-seeking customers. Half-off pho bo; 50% off pho ga all day; 50% on both pho bo and pho ga. So what’s not so cool about this? Let take a look.

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Is it Phở or Phố in Hanoi?

October 1, 2014

Some road names in Hanoi start with the word Pho. This pho is different from the noodles pho right? Well yes there are pho and there are other pho. This is a case of lost in translation, Vietnamese edition. Or more accurately, lost of accent marks in translation. Here’s the difference.

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Are You Taking Home Leftover Pho in Takeout Containers?

July 25, 2014

I posted a new poll just a few days ago called “Do you take leftover pho to go in a takeout container?” Of all the polls that I run on LovingPho.com so far, I’ve never had a strong reason to write something about it right away. This is the first because the poll results surprised me.

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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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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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Up-Sell Specialist – Would This Work in a Pho Restaurant?

July 1, 2014

The vast majority of pho restaurants are fast-casual or quick-service restaurants, serving excellent and delicious food and very fast. And because of the affordable (read: low) prices, total customers served and table-turn are everything. For this reason, an up-sell specialist may either slow things down, or be too novel of an idea for many Vietnamese and pho restaurants notoriously known for bad or non-existent service.

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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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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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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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