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The latest food trend in Los Angeles seems to be Pho Noodle joints popping up everywhere. The puns are almost irresistible. The one nearest us is Pho Show. If I were to open one, I’d call it Pho Pah. Or maybe Pho Reel Tho. Pho Nit Inn.

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  1. January 25, 2009 / 4:16 pm

    Pater and I love Pho (altho’ there’s a variety we used to get in all the Pho places in Ottawa that included slices of barb-q pork and we’ve never been able to find elsewhere, sadly), and we’re lucky that Vancouver has many, inexpensive, authentic, places — a filling, healthy, delicious meal for less than $20 for 2? How can you lose?
    The plating you show is unusual, in my experience with many places here — bowls up our way are always served with a big side plate heaped with bean sprouts, Thai basil, and a few wedges of lime. I’ve never seen the red (peppers?) garnish used, nor has ours ever been served with a side of green onion slices. Interesting, the regional variations of another country’s dish — I’ve often wondered (especially since we can’t get our favourite except in Ottawa) — whether these differences are because of the conditions of that diaspora — people from different regions moved together, keeping their regional differences with them as they settled across the world. I’m so glad so many of them settled here with their delicious soup Phor me.

  2. January 25, 2009 / 7:12 pm

    I think it’s just spreading – depends on the neighborhood. There have always been tons of Pho places in LA. (I think we likely have the largest Vietnamese population in the US).

    I do like that the dish varies so much, place to place. Like Indian food – I never know exactly what I am going to get, but it all works out.

    But the punning opportunities! Very fun indeed 🙂 Well spotted.

  3. Diane
    January 25, 2009 / 7:30 pm

    How funny – Pho has just arrived in London and I went to one last week – really good and healthy food for not too much money. I’ll definitely be going again.

  4. January 25, 2009 / 7:45 pm

    Pho Shizzle!

    P.S. My Captcha word is maddlib.

  5. January 25, 2009 / 7:56 pm

    materfamilias – actually, that’s just a pic I grabbed off the web. We haven’t been to our local Pho joint yet as DH is not a fan of soups, but I’m hoping to drag him there soon. The one thing that gives me hesitation was hearing yesterday on our local NPR food show that a lot of the pho joints tend to use pre-packaged broths that are high in MSG, and I don’t do well with MSG.

    hollarback – I’d bet that Pho has been a fixture in Garden Grove and surrounding areas that have had a large Vietnamese population for a while. It’s a fairly new phenomenon in the West LA area.

    Diane – I does look pretty healthy doesn’t it? I may give it a try soon…

    Nancy – LOL! Love your word verification too; that used to be one of my favorite games! I can remember some sessions with friends when we were laughing so hard we we couldn’t finish reading the completed passage.

  6. January 25, 2009 / 8:12 pm

    I can’t top any of those, but if we go to one of those restaurants together, I will wear my pho-ny tail.

  7. Anonymous
    January 25, 2009 / 10:17 pm

    I had some last night at Gingergrass in Silverlake. Delish!

    BTW-I read that it’s pronounced “fuh”with sort of a squeezed lip. It’s from pot au feu.

    Christine G.

  8. January 25, 2009 / 10:28 pm

    We love pho and get all kinds here in Toronto. My Vietnamese friend says it is pronounced like the French “feu” than “foe”, as Christine noted. I’ve never been able to eat a bowl larger than the smallest size here, which is about like a medium mixing bowl.

  9. Karen
    January 25, 2009 / 5:20 pm

    Hilarious Pseu!

    I’d call my spot “Pho Show” and have movie screens up overhead playing the best of old Hollywood movies!

  10. January 26, 2009 / 3:20 am

    Pho Finish
    Pho Nee

    Not original in the slightest, I’m afraid!

    Had a wonderful Chinese new year lunch today in a renovated 1950s movie house that showed porn in the 70s and was a gospel church in the 90s. Lovely deco mouldings and fixtures. Marvelous seafood soup “eight treasures and winter melon.” Ran into a day care friend of daughter’s with her family. She asked after daughter, and her mom explained that this was “mommy’s play date,” so my kiddos were at home.

    Then off to the nail salon, $30 for a pedi and brows, wonderfully relaxing and cheap! My friend shared new year greetings with the tri-and quad-lingual Chinese Vietmanese staff. Our soup and coffee served us well, walking out in flip flops in 17 degrees, wind chill 6, with blowing snow. Ugh. I have patriotic red toenails…first time in eight years!

    Back to pho…where else can you get your salad *in* your soup and have it be so darn yummy?

  11. January 26, 2009 / 3:50 am

    Wendyb – *snort* I think I need to get one of those Pno-ny tails!

    Frugal Scholar – am off to check out your blog posts!

    Anon – sounds delicious but the proper pronunciation is no Phon.

    Karen – I love the idea of showing old movies on the walls.

  12. January 26, 2009 / 3:53 am

    Duchesse – I’ll keep the portion sizes in mind.

    Dana – good ones! Brrr! Good thing you didn’t get frostbite.

    strikeapose – thanks! and thanks for stopping by to say hello. Any particular Pho places you’d recommend?

  13. Frugal Scholar
    January 25, 2009 / 9:19 pm

    Lucky you! We had some great pho in Montreal. There’s nothing nearby, so I have made faux pho, I guess you could say.

    By the way, your blog has inspired my last two posts. My links haven’t been working, but here’s the url. Never mind–I pasted the url and the whole post entered. Sorry.

    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration once again.

  14. strikeapose
    January 26, 2009 / 3:23 am

    I absolutely love your blog. Pho is definitely a ‘trend’ where I live, in southern cali.

  15. Anonymous
    January 26, 2009 / 9:29 pm

    ;-p ?

    :O !!

    Well, pho–ee on you (proper pronunciation).


    Christine G.

  16. January 26, 2009 / 10:35 pm

    I love some Thai food, but I HATE the taste of fish sauce. That causes me a dilemma. The noodles look delish.

  17. Long Beach Herbalist
    February 2, 2009 / 12:36 am

    Sue- Saw a Thai restaurant in redondo beach yesterday. Name: Siam I Am.

    I was giggling for 10 minutes aftrwards…. Still am.

    Lovely to see you and family again!


  18. February 2, 2009 / 1:42 pm

    Julie – oh, that’s a good one! It was great to see you guys too. We need to make a point to do this more often.

  19. Anonymous
    March 6, 2009 / 4:58 am

    All pho one, and one pho all.

    pho real

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