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Jun 17, 2019 06:47:50

Pho

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Victoria Maung

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Today, I tried going to a figure drawing session, but unfortunately a volunteer at the Cambridge Art Association forgot to come unlock the gallery, leaving the model and a handful of artists stranded in the light rain for half of an hour before we made the collective decision to head home. 

Afterwards, my friend took me to a Vietnamese restaurant, and actually, phở, is one of my favorite dishes in the world. Hailing from San Francisco and Washington DC, I've had my fair share of pho dishes and banh mi, which are popularized Vietnamese foods here in the States. It's one of those classic, fairly simple foods that one doesn't often get tired of. 

Wikipedia claims that there isn't a direct origin of the beef broth- and rice noodle-based dish, but it tells the story of the French bringing about a wide availability of beef to Vietnam and the southern Chinese workers who popularized the dish due to its similarity to dishes from the homeland. Eventually, it become widely made and sold by street vendors who would spend countless hours cooking broth over slow and low heat, serving it up with all parts of the cow, including flank, brisket, tendon, or tripe. 

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    @vickenstein I'm a big fan of Pho, but unfortunately the noodles are a nonstarter for me. If I can track down a low-carb version that would be fantastic.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 17, 2019 07:51:27
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      @brandonwilson Aw, that's a shame, but maybe shirataki noodles might be a good substitute? Order the broths and side veggies, then add your own noodles? XD

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 18, 2019 05:39:36
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    @vickenstein I'm eating Pho every morning for breakfast these days, but I prefer Wonton noodles with dumplings usually. Both are widely available in Vietnam anyway, and a game between my brother and I is to try out every Pho stall in our neighborhood haha

    Ever thought of visiting Vietnam?

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 17, 2019 08:09:25
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      @vickenstein @basilesamel - can we have a Write. Conference for 200Wordsaday in Vietnam? October?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 17, 2019 20:39:47
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      @basilesamel that sounds like a lot of fun! Did you notice differences between the stalls? And wonton noodles are also delicious, but I've always preferred pho, maybe because of the variety of accoutrements like beansprouts, jalapeño, and basil! And Vietnam is still on my "to-visit" list!

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 18, 2019 05:42:14
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      @brianball I'll be in another country in October but yeah sure :) An online conference would be fun!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 18, 2019 13:00:09
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      @vickenstein Yes, lots of differences! Sometimes it's a beef broth, sometimes it's a chicken broth. The broth is not cooked for the same length of time and it changes the taste. Herbs are also different from one stall to another. You can also have vegetarian pho, chicken pho, and many others. Beef pho is the traditional one but not the unique recipe here.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 18, 2019 13:02:21
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      @vickenstein there are also differences between north and south vietnam. The broth is clearer in the South apparently.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 18, 2019 13:02:56
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      @basilesamel Fascinating! I need to have a comparison taste test.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 19, 2019 01:00:51
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      @basilesamel Fascinating! I need to have a comparison taste test.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 19, 2019 01:00:55
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