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The Food Lab: How To Make Traditional Vietnamese Pho

There are few things better for the soul or the body than a tangle of slick rice noodles in a rich, crystal clear, intensely beefy broth; the warm aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise rising up in a cloud of steam. The intensely savory-salty hint of fish sauce balanced by a squeeze of lime juice and a handful of fresh herbs and chilies that you add to your bowl as you eat. Here's how to make it at home. More

Traditional Beef Pho

There are few things better for the soul or the body than a tangle of slick rice noodles in a rich, crystal clear, intensely beefy broth; the warm aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and star anise rising up in a cloud of steam. The intensely savory-salty hint of fish sauce balanced by a squeeze of lime juice and a handful of fresh herbs and chilies that you add to your bowl as you eat. Here's how to make it at home. More

Cook the Book: Duck Phở

Swap out beef bones for duck to make a stock that has all of those warm and wonderful phở notes plus that unmistakable fattiness that can only come from duck. To the stock she adds a touch of fish sauce, sheds of duck leg, rice noodles and all of your go-to phở garnishes. More

Hangover Helper: Phở at Phở Ha, Philadelphia

The hungover stomach is demanding to say the least—prickly, unsettled, and usually very, very hungry. Depending on the scale of last night's, let's call it "fun", the hangover can turn even the most mild mannered morning after diners into impatient whiners come brunch-time. For times like these, a steaming bowl of phở is the answer. More

The Vegetarian Option: Gia Lam

It's not often that I find Vietnamese restaurants as accommodating to vegetarians as Gia Lam was. There aren't a lot of vegetarian options on their menu beyond what I sampled, but I'd be willing to bet that they would make changes for you if you ask. My quest for truly great vegetarian pho may continue, but Gia Lam will do for now. More

Video: Pho vs. Faux

How do you pronounce the name of Vietnam's most famous noodle soup dish? Don't say "faux." New York City-based restaurant An Choi made this video to help you order phở responsibly. More

Why Do Phở Restaurant Names Usually Involve Numbers?

Pho 14 in Washington, DC. [Flickr: Mr. T in DC] Once you get past the pronunciation of phở ("fuh" instead of "foe"), the next question might be, why the obsession with numbers? What does the delicious Vietnamese brothy soup (with rice noodles, bean sprouts, lime, heaps of cilantro, and usually some meat strips) have to do with numbers? This thread over on Reddit.com clears it up: Oftentimes they're lucky numbers. "In some Asian cultures, eight is associated with wealth or prosperity. Repetition is considered desirable (Olympics started 8/8/08). Or to mark a date in Vietnamese history, or the owners' personal life." For example, Phở 67 could stand for 1967, the year the owner fled Vietnam during the war. The... More

How to Make Vietnamese Beef Broth, Part Two: The Phở-low Up

Note: Read part 1 from Tam for the phở recipe and other tips. [Above photograph: Robyn Lee / Other photographs: Chichi Wang] It's impossible to keep phở a secret, Tam informed me. Such was the start of our phở get-together. She arrived at my apartment lugging a backpack crammed with gallons of phở broth, chunks of deboned oxtail, and little jars of fish sauce. Neatly sorted packets of noodles, bean sprouts, and mint completed the ensemble. If she'd brought a portable stove, she could've set up shop on my curb. Defatting the broth. Unlike Tam, I didn't grow up eating phở. My education of the broth began in Vietnamese noodle joints, where bowls of noodles are assembled and slapped onto... More

Bay Area Eats: Pho To Chau in Mountain View, California

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not what you would call “enamored” with Yelp. All too often I’ve looked up reviews for a joint, only to find that the rating it was communally granted was completely skewed by strange people. The kind of strange people who strangely decide to rate a pho place based on the bubble tea it serves. Seriously. Pho To Chau in Mountain View, California, is one such maligned joint. Perhaps I’m being too harsh on the strange people, and perhaps I have lower than average expectations of an eatery’s ambiance and service standards. But there aren’t many places to eat in Silicon Valley that aren’t spendy, so when I chance upon it, and... More

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