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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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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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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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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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Pronunciation of Pho and Other Vietnamese Words and Phrases, Part 2

May 26, 2011

Here’s Part 2 of How to pronounce certain Vietnamese words. Leave a request and I’ll post an audio file so you can hear Vietnamese pronunciation of your words, in both English and Vietnamese conversational speech.

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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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Want the Lime Taste in Your Pho? Don’t Serve It Like This

November 5, 2010

There are some great pho broths out there. Some are good enough so you don’t even have to enhance with fish sauce or hoisin sauce. Regardless of the quality, though, I must have my squeeze of lime juice in my pho. Unfortunately, for such a simple thing, there are more than a few pho photos out there showing lime and pho in some deplorable relationship. Yuck. Check out these sins.

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How to Order Extra Bánh Phở Noodles With Your Pho

October 16, 2010

Here’s how you order extra pho noodles with your pho (audio files.) The best thing to do is to have bánh phở noodles added to your bowl in the kitchen before they pour in the hot pho broth. Some may prefer a side bowl of just blanched bánh phở at your table, but if you think about it, you’ll want the everything in the bowl when the broth is poured in. Here’s why.

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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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