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What Makes a Great Pho Restaurant?

September 28, 2010

We all have our own reasons why we like Vietnamese pho, and we have our own reasons to keep coming back to our favorite pho restaurant(s.) The reasons we like our pho restaurants can be as varied as pho recipes themselves, but when one boils it all down (no pun intended) to the pho essentials, there are really a finite number of reasons why a pho restaurant deserves your business and my business. Here’s my take on what makes a great pho restaurant based on the pho polls.

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Pho Etiquette

August 19, 2009

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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Saigon’s Luong Son Quan – Bo Tung Xeo: Beer Garden Vietnamese Style

July 25, 2009

Luong Son Quan Bo Tung Xeo is a great place to hang out with friends for diner and lots of drinking. Sort of a beer garden, Vietnamese style. But it’s much more than that. On the menu are exotic dishes for “nhậu,” the Vietnamese term for eating and drinking, with emphasis on the drinking part.

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On Viet People’s Expectations, Standards, and Ideals for Pho vs. Non-Viet

July 25, 2009

What are the characteristics of a great pho? For a non-Vietnamese person, how can you decide if the pho you just had was authentic or not? Here’s my take on Vietnamese people’s expectations, standards, and ideals for Pho vs. non-Vietnamese’s. It’s pretty hard to screw up pho if the restaurateur knows anything about Vietnamese food, but it’s always up to you to decide.

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Pho Hoa Vietnamese Restaurant, El Cajon Blvd – Still Serving Great Pho

June 2, 2009

It’s been a long time since I last visited Pho Hoa on El Cajon Blvd. This place has been here forever (well maybe at least to the mid 1980′s as I remember), and its age can be seen in the exterior condition of the building. But don’t let the look deceive you, because inside you’ll find one of the best pho around.

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All You Can Eat Pho

February 12, 2009

All-you-can-eat Pho? Well not quite, not here in the states anyway. I had all-you-can-eat pho in Vietnam, at Nha Hang Tan Son Nhat (Tan Son Nhat Restaurant), near the airport Tan Son Nhat in Saigon. The restaurant had a huge offerings of authentic regional Vietnamese delicacies, arranged into different food types at their own serving stations. But thank you very much, I’ll have another bowl of pho please.

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Biggest Bowl of Pho I Ever Had: North York, Toronto

January 18, 2009

I found the biggest bowl of pho at Kiem Bo Vietnamese Restaurant in North York Toronto, Canada. It was absolutely the biggest bowl I ever had.

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