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Hey, What’s the Cost of That Bowl of Pho?

March 26, 2015

Ever wonder how much a bowl of beef pho costs to make? If you’re a customer, when you pay $8 for a bowl of beef pho, what are you really getting? And if you’re a pho restaurant operator, do you know your food cost and profit margin? Read about how the cost of a bowl of pho can have an important impact on both the pho customer and restaurateur alike.

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Signs That a Pho Restaurant Is in the Process of Failing

March 13, 2015

This is the story of a failing pho restaurant I tried but couldn’t help. It has lots of potentials, but sadly it’s probably not going to make it. No pho restaurant fails all of a sudden. Either it didn’t start out right to begin with, or it’s a gradual slide to the abyss of no revenue. In the vast majority of cases, you can watch as if in slow motion that a pho restaurant is going down and will eventually close. All the signs are there and solutions are also there. Yet some pull through but others continue their path to closure. I hope this story helps someone.

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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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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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How to Open a Pho Restaurant

November 2, 2013

Want to know how to open a pho restaurant? This is the first of a series on how to open and operate a pho restaurant; from concept development, design, analysis, and buildout of a new location, to customer service, staff training, operation and procedures, and more. Not everyone can do this; it’s restaurant business after all. But for the few who have the heart and the desire, a great pleasure can be found.

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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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Vietnamese Pho on University and College Campuses – Start a Pho Revolution

February 21, 2012

I think it’s time to get Vietnamese pho on university campuses! Yes that’s the little secret project I’ve been working on. Staying true to what I want LovingPho.com to be, which is a reliable informational resource for Vietnamese pho noodle, I and a partner opened Ui-Cha! Phở and Cà-Phê, a pilot pho restaurant located on the second floor in the University Center (UC,) the University of Montana in Missoula.

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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 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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Pho Nam Dinh: Pho Hanoi by the Multigenerational Co Family from Town of Nam Dinh, Part 1

October 27, 2009

Pho Hanoi by the multigenerational Co family from the town of Nam Dinh. This video tells the story of pho Hanoi and how the Co dynasty keeps its pho through 5 generations. The video is narrated in Vietnamese, but I think non-Viet speaking pho lovers will find it fascinating too. Here’s a loose transcription I made to share with everyone. Some specific audio details may be lost, but the overall meanings are still intact. Enjoy.

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