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Tough Choices: Pho, Hu Tieu or Bun Bo Hue

January 11, 2015

Life is full of tough choices. For me, the choices are between pho, hu tieu and bun bo Hue. Pho is of course my favorite (why would I have created lovingpho.com in the first place?) But as it turns out, I love hu tieu and bun bo Hue just the same. No I’m not abandoning pho and lovingpho.com. But hu tieu and bun bo Hue can’t be ignored. Here’s why.

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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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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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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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Controlling Food Costs of Your New Pho Restaurant

March 22, 2014

You can control your pho restaurant food costs by establishing a strong vendor relationship and a solid system to control your food storage, serving portions and inventory counts. Food costs, if not managed correctly, can easily make or break your pho restaurant

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Pho Cali, Pho HoaCali, Pho Cali & Grill, Pho T Cali, Pho Cow Cali – What’s in a Name?

March 4, 2011

Pho Cali, Pho HoaCali, Pho Cali & Grill, Pho T Cali, Pho Cow Cali, Pho Cali Restaurant. When it comes to naming a pho restaurant, it seems we Vietnamese have a problem with good, creative English names. But what’s with Cali in the names? Well, we love our Cali and everybody loves our Cali too.

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Vietnamese Pho With No Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)? Sure You Want It That Way?

November 17, 2010

Many people have problems with consuming monosodium glutamate, or MSG, in their foods. Chinese cuisine and many other restaurant foods are notorious for having lots of MSG in them. Restaurant pho is no different. In fact MSG use in many pho restaurants can be dominant and unmistakable. Here are some real insights about MSG in Vietnamese pho, from a roundtable of food industry experts. Vietnamese Pho with no MSG? Sure you want it that way?

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How to Say Bánh Mì (Banh Mi) Vietnamese Submarine Sandwich

October 19, 2010

Vietnamese bánh mì or banh mi really has two main meanings. In a Viet sandwich shop, you can buy not only the whole baguette banh mi, but also order the bread stuffed with meat submarine sandwich kind of banh mi. Here are the pronunciations for various types of Vietnamese sandwich bánh mì, the sandwich kind.

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