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I can barely get through a standard restaurant portion of pho, so my hat's off to this guy for even trying this. There's pretty amazing pho in the Twin Cities*, and I'm more inclined to eat ten pounds of it in small doses over an extended period of time, as I work my way around all the little holes in the wall trying to find the best.

*the burritos are all super crappy though, alas
posted by padraigin at 8:04 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


"I am a pho-king loser".
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 8:07 PM on August 5, 2010 [6 favorites]


I gotta say that's a really poorly timed article. It was published today, yet it notes at the end that the restaurant in question will be closed for the next 5 days.
posted by jedicus at 8:09 PM on August 5, 2010


Delicious.
posted by Askiba at 8:10 PM on August 5, 2010



PhUBAR

(pho-ed up beyond all recognition)
posted by DavidandConquer at 8:17 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


no bathroom breaks are allowed, and getting sick at the table is instant disqualification.

Well, if it's gonna be that kinda party ....
posted by mannequito at 8:21 PM on August 5, 2010


I love Vietnamese soup. I could eat it all day. In fact, I often do.
posted by Malice at 8:41 PM on August 5, 2010


There I was, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Saigon restaurant, staring at an enormous half-eaten bowl of pho. Should I keep eating or cut bait?

Bait is the last thing I want to think about when eating noodles [NOT NOODLIST]
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:43 PM on August 5, 2010


Maybe the secret to finishing is having it for breakfast instead of lunch?


My husband proposed while we were eating pho.
posted by vespabelle at 8:59 PM on August 5, 2010


It's worth trying and losing just to have one of those t-shirts.
posted by jamaro at 9:08 PM on August 5, 2010


If you husband proposed over this pho you'd still be engaged. 10 pounds!

> I gotta say that's a really poorly timed article.

I agree. I'm guessing they pulled the trigger on the story then found out?

I was thinking 10 pounds of Pho to go and I eat for days!
posted by cjorgensen at 9:09 PM on August 5, 2010


Is it me, or is $15 for ten pounds of pho a damn good deal even if you don't do it all in one sitting?
posted by kafziel at 9:24 PM on August 5, 2010 [5 favorites]


Pho Q
posted by leotrotsky at 9:42 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Vespabelle, that's so cute!

10 pounds of pho is 9 and a half pounds too many.
posted by vjpdx at 9:43 PM on August 5, 2010


Pho King A
posted by leotrotsky at 9:45 PM on August 5, 2010


You say pho-king, I just hear fuh-King.
posted by Scram at 9:45 PM on August 5, 2010


It's what's Pho dinner
posted by leotrotsky at 9:45 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


In Seattle: What the Pho?
posted by zardoz at 10:01 PM on August 5, 2010


Still sounds kind of pho-reign to me.

It's enough to give you a pho-bia.

He just lacked pho-cus.

Pho shizzle.

I hope he took pho-tos.

You have to be a giant to consume all that Pho. Or Phee. Or Phi. Or Phum.

Mr. T pities the pho.

PTW. Pho The Win.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:04 PM on August 5, 2010 [3 favorites]


You bastards. I am so hungry for pho right now and entirely too drunk to leave the house. It's the local noodle house for lunch tomorrow, and I have to suffer til then. @shakes fist@
posted by Space Kitty at 10:08 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sounds like a plan pho sure!
posted by cjorgensen at 10:14 PM on August 5, 2010


Guys I love pho. So hungry right now.
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:18 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


pho shizzle.
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:30 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Someday, someone will realize that if you bring me a huge brisket pho, I will be that person's slave. ANd then I'll be doomed. So shh, don't tell.

In fact, there's a 24-hour pho place about five miles from here. And it's only 10:42. Hmm. Hmmmmm. HMMMMMMMMMMM.
posted by davejay at 10:41 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, and I don't think I've ever felt pho-ll after one bowl. Shame this challenge isn't local.
posted by davejay at 10:43 PM on August 5, 2010


Can you eat pho with a phork?

Phriend or Pho?

totally PhoBAR.

Coming Soon from Apple: the iPho.

If you don't keep up the payments on your soup, expect a visit from the RePho Man.

Pho me once, shame on you...

My favorite Vietnamese author is Edgar Allen Pho. "Quoth the raven, neverpho..."
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:46 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's a Pho King close to my mom's house in Austin.

And I just discovered there's a Pho King Way near me here in Fort Worth. And? They're offering a "Pho King Challenge".
posted by kmz at 11:03 PM on August 5, 2010


# Cool the broth with ice; the liquid doesn't have to be consumed to finish.
# Eat the noodles first so they don't absorb any more liquid.


WTH?! The broth is what distinguishes one pho place from a good pho place. Sheesh.

I guess that's what it comes down to when you're going for quantity over quality.
posted by porpoise at 11:28 PM on August 5, 2010 [4 favorites]


Remove noodles. Braided noodles into bundles to minimize breakage in following step. Wring noodles thoroughly, removing most of the liquid. Eat noodles. Eat meat. Win.
posted by zippy at 12:06 AM on August 6, 2010


Pace yourself so you don't get too full too fast.

uh, no. lrn 2 leptin.
posted by sourwookie at 12:24 AM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


So it's 10 lbs of Pho - but I'm assuming that the weight includes the broth? If so, then it's not 10 lbs of noodles. If I could do this for breakfast, I might just make it. So intrigued and so far away! Pho for lunch for sure.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 3:02 AM on August 6, 2010


Best thing to eat after Pho?
Mo' Pho
posted by bashos_frog at 4:18 AM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


That look on his face says it all
posted by doobiedoo at 4:40 AM on August 6, 2010


There's pretty amazing pho in the Twin Cities*
*the burritos are all super crappy though, alas


El Burrito Mercado. That is all.
posted by mcstayinskool at 6:35 AM on August 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is one of the most arousing meal ideas I've ever heard. I love pho so phucking much... when we go out for breakfast every Saturday, I knock back a full large train bowl and still have room left over to say 'What, you're not going to finish your bowl? Gimme that.'
posted by FatherDagon at 8:32 AM on August 6, 2010


Attention people climbing over themselves to make puns - it's pronounced "fuh", not "foe". Still lots of possibilities, not trying to cramp your style.

Ten pounds of pho is probably a little more than a gallon. $15 for that is a pretty good deal, especially if it's good, but man...pho is amazingly cheap by restaurant food standards, and it's still the craziest food cost/diner price ratio ever.

I would also like to say: I could totally do this.
posted by peachfuzz at 8:37 AM on August 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


El Burrito Mercado. That is all.

Sadly, not the burrito-snob quality I miss so much. But they do have nice tortillas, for when I occasionally try to give real burritos a shot at home (so. much. prepwork. too. exhausting.).

Anyway, the pho here is arguably better than back in Burritoland, so I am more or less satisfied.
posted by padraigin at 8:52 AM on August 6, 2010


Attention people climbing over themselves to make puns - it's pronounced "fuh", not "foe".

Well, yes, that's what makes "Pho King" amusing.
posted by kmz at 9:11 AM on August 6, 2010


peachfuzz beat me to it, it's "fuh" not "foe". Even restauranteurs get this wrong, I think there really is a Pho Shizzle out there somewhere (saw a pic or something).

And yes, Pho is awesometastic food. Just that pic in the article of the guy holding up noodles set me to droolin'.
posted by sidereal at 9:15 AM on August 6, 2010


My favorite pho place doesn't use MSG, and sometimes people complain on Yelp about the the flavor of the broth being weak; that, you fools, is because you're tasting homemade beef stock instead of pure sodium!
posted by infinitywaltz at 10:52 AM on August 6, 2010


"fuh", eh? guess it phoked up.

I should have realized it; it's pho-ndamental...

Pho-nominal...

Phonky!

But also kind of aw-phol.

We'll have pho 'n' pho 'n' pho until daddy takes the chopsticks away...

But if it were really pronounced that way, why is Elmer Phod hunting rabbits?

And please change that previous one to Fe Fi Fo Phom.

Sorry if I raised a phoss.

At least I didn't just phone it in.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:42 PM on August 6, 2010


C'mon. Get the spelling right. It's phở.
posted by mr_roboto at 1:48 PM on August 6, 2010


I'm more a Bun man but Pho is nice. I love mine with Satay and chili oil.
posted by shockingbluamp at 2:15 PM on August 6, 2010


Huh, how would have thought that Pho was pronounced with an Italian accent.

Fuh-get about it.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:19 PM on August 6, 2010


Oh man, pho is my absolute favorite food. I can never get enough of it, so if I ever get the chance maybe I should try the challenge...probably not a good idea, but I'll take two halves separately! Pho sho.
posted by blue shadows at 8:42 PM on August 6, 2010


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