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From the Archives: Two Ways to Make Pho

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 4 comments

A bowl of steaming Vietnamese pho is the perfect answer to the winter's cold. Here are two ways to make it, a full-blown, slow-simmered all day version, and a quick version that comes together in an hour. More

Sunday Supper: Slow Cooker Pho With Eye of Round

Sunday Supper Jennifer Olvera 6 comments

Pho, made in the slow cooker and served with all the fixings, is just the ticket for a chilly fall night. More

Slow Cooker Pho With Eye of Round

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 11 comments

Aromatic pho, made in the slow cooker, is both comforting and customizable. More

So This Exists: Pho-Flavored Cocktail at Emmanuelle in Philadelphia

Drinks Drew Lazor 3 comments

At Emmanuelle in Philadelphia, a cocktail mimicking the beef-based noodle soup. More

The Food Lab: How to Make Awesome Pho in 1-Hour

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 31 comments

My goal: full-flavored pho in 1 hour or less. I knew it was an exercise in futility to try and come up with something that tastes as rich and complex as the real deal, but I'd settle for 90% as good in 20% of the time. Start your stopwatches, because here we go. More

Quick and Easy 1-Hour Pho

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 23 comments

A full-flavored pho broth in less than a quarter of the time a traditional pho takes. More

The Food Lab: How To Make Traditional Vietnamese Pho

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 69 comments

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

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 36 comments

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

Hangover Helper: Pho With Roast Chili Oil from Pho Sate in Falls Church, VA

Drinks Brian Oh 7 comments

Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia has no shortage of pho joints. While there are standouts, most will serve a bowl of reasonable quality. Head a little ways from the main shopping centers down Graham Road between Arlington Boulevard and Lee Highway, however, and you'll find one of the best and most unique pho experiences in Northern Virginia. More

Cook the Book: Duck Phở

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 1 comment

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

Drinks Caroline Russock 7 comments

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

New York Howard Walfish 2 comments

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

Robyn Lee 57 comments

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?

Erin Zimmer 13 comments

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

Seriously Asian Chichi Wang 2 comments

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

Phở Đuôi Bò (Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Oxtail)

Serious Eats Tam Ngo 17 comments

Phở đuôi bò. [Photographs: Tam Ngo] Since we'll be stuck in dark drizzle for months to come, let's talk about phở, a perfect food for chasing away the doldrums of winter. Phở bò is a Vietnamese beef noodle soup;... More

Pho with Beef and Tripe from Pho Grand

New York Robyn Lee 2 comments

Bowl of pho with close ups of noodles and tripe. I'm a noob when it comes to pho. Although I like it, I've probably eaten it less than five times in the past three years. There's no good reason... More

Bep in Williamsburg, the Little Vietnamese Restaurant That Could

New York Tam Ngo 7 comments

"In a city of bad Vietnamese food, the ambitious Bep has carved itself a niche." Cha gio. All photographs by Tam Ngo The failings of New York's Viet restaurants usually occur in a combination of three ways: poor quality of... More

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

Wan Yan Ling 12 comments

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

Off the Beaten Path: Beyond Vietnamese Pho and Summer Rolls at Phở Bắc

New York Joe DiStefano 5 comments

Phở Bắc, my go-to Vietnamese spot in Queens, is located in Elmhurst’s most unusual strip mall. In addition to another Vietnamese restaurant there’s Singa’s Pizza; Nusara, a newish Thai eatery; and Sri Penang, a Malaysian joint. And, for good... More

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