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post #316 of 409
I have only had pho in the countryside and Saigon, both were really good. Countryside of course you get fewer "premium" ingredients like beef, but it is great how people manage to get around the lack of meat with good usage of aromatics and herbs and other stuff. One of my most vivid memories when I was younger was always going out at night to buy these sweet barbecue meat skewers at the market. Jesus Christ they were so good. Take me with you nn
post #317 of 409
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Yeah, pho is a pretty recent development for how it's pretty much considered a national dish and it's kind of funny when people say they want "authentic" pho, when the majority of the bowls people have had are MSG laden, spice packet broths. Lots of soup broths in Vietnamese food takes a lot of influence and technique from French cuisine, and my parents still make a heavily pot-au-feu inspired dish very often. I've also found that there's a really high amount of variance of French influence in Vietnamese restaurants, and my American friends seem to enjoy the more heavily French influenced style while my family prefer the less French influenced flavors and styles, leaning more towards Chinese cuisine. Probably just a regional thing from where we came from, though.

 

Sounds like this would ring true for any sort of diaspora. Pretty sure cooking in India is exactly like this, where different regions cook things slightly differently. I'm not referring to the gigantic north vs south food difference either. Places with a more mughal/muslim influence will cook things differently etc. It's all freaking amazing though.

I miss street food in New Delhi, the risk of Delhi Belly is fucking worth it.

post #318 of 409
I've eaten at Mama's.. didn't think it was particularly good pho. Prefer San Jose spots.
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Best pho ever, mama's in san mateo California

Never eaten good pho up here, personally, but FWIW, all the good pho restaurants in Garden Grove are either 1) names you can't pronounce unless you're Vietnamese, or 2) restaurants that are simply the word pho and then some number. Like Pho 27, Pho 48, Pho 81. It's literally like how Vietnamese people choose their Gmail account names.
post #320 of 409
Too much pho talk, can't take it, just bought tickets to Ho Chi Minh City after I saw how cheap they were
Got so excited I swallowed a cherry pit
Gonna take a nap now
Ahh, I love Mondays
post #321 of 409
Pho in the state tastes better than Vietnam IMO, probably because of the mentioned lack of premium ingredients. I've only been back once in 2004, though. Had pho in HCMC/Saigon and Da Lat. Never been to the north.
post #322 of 409

I love pho, but it's too hot to even think about it here. Go to food for me from fall through spring though. Chinatown in boston is pretty good with it as well.

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I love pho, but it's too hot to even think about it here. Go to food for me from fall through spring though.

Are you asking us to get the pho outta here?
post #324 of 409

Hahahha. Nahhh. Keep it coming.

I just can't imagine eating it right now.

I also can't imagine eating heavy Indian food right now.

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Pho in the state tastes better than Vietnam IMO, probably because of the mentioned lack of premium ingredients. I've only been back once in 2004, though. Had pho in HCMC/Saigon and Da Lat. Never been to the north.

I can definitely see that, especially if you've grown up in the states and are used to having your pho filled with different cuts of beef, meatballs, and all types of fresh, crunchy greens/sprouts to top it. Vietnamese food is pretty austere and often uses less "tasty" cuts of meat as well as more bony fish out of necessity, really. It has long been a very poor country, but it still amazes me how good the food is considering quality of ingredients, and it blows my mind some of the genius of some of the culinary combinations (canh chua ca loc, sweet, sour, fruity, and spicy all at the same time) . I'd say the majority of the restaurants in Vietnam, unless you're paying premium prices, do not use first quality ingredients, whereas my experience in working at restaurants in America, ingredients are actually pretty good even at lower tiers of pricing.

Da Lat is absolutely beautiful. My fondest memory of food in Vietnam was eating plates and plates of mi xao muc, fresh from the sea in Nha Trang. I miss it so much, but every time I go back I'm painfully aware of how tenuous my grasp on my culture and language is becoming as I get older, and I always leave very sad.


RFT: have a VIsvim lhamo on the way. Sometimes I don't know why I want to dress way more Asian than I should.
post #326 of 409
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Hahahha. Nahhh. Keep it coming.

I just can't imagine eating it right now.

I also can't imagine eating heavy Indian food right now.

 

Toughen up whiteboi

post #327 of 409
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Never eaten good pho up here, personally, but FWIW, all the good pho restaurants in Garden Grove are either 1) names you can't pronounce unless you're Vietnamese, or 2) restaurants that are simply the word pho and then some number. Like Pho 27, Pho 48, Pho 81. It's literally like how Vietnamese people choose their Gmail account names.

Which ones would you recommend? Have had about 10 or so and haven't really found one I like as much as Milpitas and San Jose ones

Also any place with good bun bo hue?

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What are some of the clothing items that y'all have held onto the longest and are still wearing? It's been about 10 years now since I actively started caring how I look (which meant cropped Paul Smith peacoats and True Religion jeans at the time, but that's beside the point...) and I still have a couple items that still see weekly use. Shrink the time scale to five years and there's a lot more. Do you guys think about how long you can wear a given item, or is it all about what looks good right now?


On a side note, is pho better in the south or north? This is the best street pho I've had, from Bat Dan St in Hanoi. I've never been to Ho Chi Minh City, but I think I'll head there this summer to compare pho.

Damn I was 13 ten years ago, Geoff Rowley vans always

I started 2011 probably to get into stuff, still wear a few Gitmans from back then now. Also still wear two quoddies from then on a pretty regular basis with one resole on each pair
post #328 of 409
pho is the best hangover chaser. true story.
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menudo is the best hangover chaser. true story.

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Which ones would you recommend? Have had about 10 or so and haven't really found one I like as much as Milpitas and San Jose ones

Also any place with good bun bo hue?

I actually left Garden Grove as a teen and haven't been back much in twenty plus years. The general rule though is to avoid places that look like the boba tea equivalents of Vietnamese restaurants. The few times I've been back, I've noticed more places catering to a younger crowd, and those seem to serve less tasty food. Honestly, growing up, all the best places were restaurants with hard to pronounce Vietnamese names, or places named "Pho" and then some number.
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