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Vietnamese Pho, Phở Bắc (Northern Style Pho) And The Reality of Pho

May 2, 2015

There’s little argument that Vietnamese Pho came from North Vietnam. Personally I like Northern Pho a lot. But the state of pho today is what it is, that is, many people around the world know the Southern pho as the de facto Vietnamese pho. Many non-Viet diners actually grew up eating this style of pho. So it really doesn’t matter because the vast majority of pho restaurants around the world do serve the Southern style.

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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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Customer to Pho Restaurant: These 5 Things Can Hurt Your Business

March 8, 2015

Pho restaurant owners: Are you getting the right feedback to fix your pho restaurant’s problems? As I help pho restaurateurs improving performance of their businesses, there’s always a few common threads among those pho restaurants that are in trouble of making it. If I have to boil it down to a few words, it’d be this: “Understand what your customer is unhappy about your pho restaurant, then fix it fast. In this post, I discuss the 5 things that can hurt your pho restaurant and offer some remedies.

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Pho Restaurant Business Plan, Part 3: The Nuts and Bolts

February 10, 2015

Your successful pho restaurant starts even before serving your first bowl of pho. A successful pho restaurant starts with a solid business plan and a detailed financials called the pro forma. These two documents form the foundation for your new pho restaurant. They may require a lot of work but no one says opening a restaurant is ever easy. Here are guidelines to help you get started to make estimates about your new pho restaurant.

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Pho Restaurant Business Plan, Part 2: What’s Sexy About It?

February 4, 2015

Both a business plan and pro forma for your pho restaurant serve as a critical tool to run your new business successfully. They force you to look at all important aspects of your pho restaurant during the early stage of development, and to work out solutions before you spend a dime on purchasing services and hardware. Spending the proper time creating them will keep you on track with your restaurant development.

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Pho Restaurant Business Plan, Part 1: What Is It Anyway?

January 30, 2015

Do you have a pho restaurant business plan? Most aspiring pho entrepreneurs don’t. But it’s very important that you create one before doing anything else as you plan to open your own pho restaurant.

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Beef Pho Recipe Infographic By Lovingpho

January 23, 2015

Here’s Lovingpho’s own beef pho recipe infographic. This pho recipe yields about 20 quarts, which is about 20 regular size bowls you can typically get at most pho restaurants. With this batch size, you can make it once and freeze some away for quick pho at anytime later.

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Secret Ingredients For Pho: Revealed

December 23, 2014

Are there such thing as secret pho ingredients? Let’s take a look at what may constitute a pho secret ingredient. Pho is as much about tradition as it is about adaptation. At the adaptation end, when you have something as good and as easily customizable as pho, you can’t stop people from messing around with it. And they do. At the other end, there are actually pho secrets that can kick up your pho a notch or two while still keeping it traditional.

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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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