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Raisha
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Hi. I really want to find a recipe for making bahn pho noodles at home. I only found a video but no recipe on the ratios of rice or rice flour, to water. 🙁 Can you help me?

I use this video as a guide because it's the closeting thing I could find! T^T

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Cuong Huynh
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Raisha: I don't think I can help you here. I have not attempted to make it myself, but I would think making banh pho noodle/spaghetti/pasta should be simple process of extruding rice dough into boiling water and cooking it, or cutting freshly steamed, thin dough into strands. The key I think is not the process, but you have to have the right tools and work at it to develop the skills.

Here's one you can enjoy and learn from (in Vietnamese): Banh Pho Ba Ngoan

And here's another one, go to 4:21 time mark (in english): Making banh pho from Vietnamese Food Documentary

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Truong
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Does anyone know a banh pho brand that is square shaped??..i keep running into rectangle shaped ones. preferably the fresh variety..please enlighten..thanks

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Cuong Huynh
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@Truong: Banh pho comes in various widths ranging from 3mm to 10mm (that's millimeter) in the dry bags. At the smaller width of 3mm you essentially have the square cross section preferred by many people for pho. At the larger width of 10mm you have something people use in Pad Tai. Even larger sizes are used for dishes like chow fun or pan fried noodle. So look for the correct size where you buy the dry banh pho.

For fresh banh pho, I think you're more likely to find only the small size. You didn't mention where you live so three's not much I can help you with.

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Truong
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@Cuong..im in the houston tx area..
So ur saying square shaped noodles only come in the dry variety?..

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No Truong, actually that's not what I am saying. I said "For fresh banh pho, I think you’re more likely to find only the small size," meaning they only make them small size, so you shouldn't have a problem finding them. If you're in Houston, then you should have no problem finding the fresh banh pho from many Viet/Asian supermarkets. It's a sure bet the you can find it in:

99 Ranch
http://www.yelp.com/biz/99-ranch-market-houston#query:Asian%20Supermarket
or
Viet Hoa
http://www.yelp.com/biz/viet-hoa-international-foods-houston#query:Asian%20Supermarket
etc.

You've never seen these?

Good luck Truong.

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Truong
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Thanks Cuong!!

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Jeff
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Well, I guess I did okay on the trip to the Asian market yesterday. Bought EXACTLY what you have pictured on the left above for the dried banh pho without speaking to anyone. My cilantro won't be up for a couple of months, but I can add the chicken and peppers (lots for me). My spice cubes were only $0.49/four. And I did get them for pho ga.

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Cuong Huynh
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@Jeff: Congrats on the banh pho, but maybe not so much for the spice cubes if I understand correctly. Do you make pho broth from scratch or use cubes like bouillon cubes for the broth? I'm not judging at all, just asking 😉

Also it sounds like you grow your own cilantro? Awesome, and fresh too!

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