Tag Archives: pho

Airport Faux-Phở – 195 of 365

Let me preface this by saying that I realize a domestic airport terminal in Vietnam is not the sort of launching pad where one embarks on some amazing culinary odyssey.  The selections are geared for the most local of locals and in Vietnam this is normally a good thing.  As a friend and I waited […]

Phổ Tai Chin Raw Meat Soup – 128 of 365

I challenge anyone to wander down a street in Hanoi without running across some sort of shop or mobile phổ lady dispensing this national dish to the eager masses.  Parents even mash the silky rice noodles into a baby food paste.  Who needs Gerbers when a simple bowl of soup seems to sate an entire family’s nutritional needs.  Remember that food […]

Beyond An Ordinary Noodle

Pho is much more than soup.   My latest piece for Tuoi Tre newspaper looks at some dishes made with the pho noodle that we westerners might miss.   The text follows the link here: http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/city-diary/beyond-an-ordinary-noodle-1.69251 Ask anyone new to the diverse Vietnamese smorgasbord of cuisine which food he or she first sampled, and the answer of […]

Faux Phở in America – 120 of 365

Forgive me food gods, wherever you are, for I have sinned.  Yes, generations of cooks trained in the classical traditions of Vietnamese cuisine are now spinning in their graves.  What did I do that is so bad you ask?  I am embarrassed to even come clean about this, but let me add the caveat this […]

Phở Chín, Nạm, Vè Dòn in America – 117 of 365

I dragged a friend to Pho Viet at 4300 Buford Highway in Atlanta, and her first thoughts were wow, this place is full on Vietnamese with the spartan interior and tv playing Vietnamese DVDs.  What little it takes to cause an American to perceive things as truly Asian is interesting indeed.   Perhaps it’s because we […]

Phở Bò Beef Soup in America – 113 of 365

Pho Dai Loi 2 at 4186 Buford Highway in Atlanta provided my dad’s first foray into Vietnamese cuisine, and this was an interesting journey indeed.   The menu is simple enough with one page of soups, one page of rice based dishes and another with the noodle varieties.  I just couldn’t get my dad to commit […]

Phu Quoc Phổ Breakfast – 103 of 365

You just know a great trip is in store when the only English the hotel bellhop seems to know is, “How many girl you want for breakfast?  One?  Two?  Three?”  Someone obviously has taught him this phrase for a reason, and he wouldn’t even know how to count to three unless some past situation had risen to the occasion of […]

My New Normal – 47 of 365

My world is anything but normal over here in Asia.  Still after almost two years in Hanoi and Saigon, what is mundane for the Vietnamese can become quite the sensory overload for me.  And what is more common in Vietnam than the ubiquitous bowl of phở?  I know we’ve already slurped down a bowl or two of this noodle soup together, and against […]

Phở Just Down the Street – 1 of 365

Domino’s Pizza, KFC, Pho 24, Highlands Coffee and even an American style diner line the ground floor of my Saigon apartment tower and all this is just an elevator ride or delivery request phone call away.  Not that I don’t enjoy the Two For Tuesday promotion at Domino’s that delivers buy one get one free […]